Oklahoma Low Impact Development

Oklahoma Low Impact Development

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Low Impact Development (LID) is a comprehensive land planning and engineering design approach with a goal of maintaining and enhancing the pre-development hydrologic regime of urban okielogo.JPGand developed watersheds.  The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service has a goal of providing information and design aids related to low impact development that will make an impact on stormwater management in Oklahoma. 

This website is continually evolving, so feel free to email Jason Vogel, Stormwater Specialist in the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, with your comments or suggestions.  Thanks!

December Key Message: Protect Your Property from Floodingstormdrain

The OSU LID Program is teaming with Tulsa Partners, Inc. to share monthly key messages about disaster preparedness. This month's message message is "Protect Your Property from Flooding"
Flooding can happen anywhere in Oklahoma. It is particularly important to be prepared for flooding if you live or work in a low-lying area near a river, stream, or culvert, downstream from a dam or near a levee. According to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), more than 25 percent of all flood claims each year come from properties outside of areas at high-risk for flooding. You can protect your property from flooding by being aware of your property’s risk and by improving some of the flood-prone parts of your property. Learn if you live or work in an area that is prone to flooding. To help communities understand their risk of flooding, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) creates flood maps (Flood Insurance Rate Maps, or FIRMs) to show the locations of high-risk, moderate-to-low risk and undetermined risk areas. To check your flood risk, enter your address at https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/flooding_flood_risks/understanding_flood_maps.jsp or visit the City of Tulsa’s floodplain maps at https://www.cityoftulsa.org/city-services/flood-control/regulatory-floodplain-map-atlas.aspx

Protect your property and manage your risk. Take these steps to protect your property from flood damage:

  • Purchase flood insurance. Flood insurance is available for all homeowners, renters, and business owners within the City of Tulsa. Typical insurance policies do not cover flood losses, so you will need to purchase separate flood insurance if your property is at risk for flooding. Visit  www.floodsmart.gov for an estimate of what flood insurance may cost for your property. A policy purchased today will take effect in 30 days, so act now.
  • Elevate the heating/cooling system (furnace/air conditioner), water heater and electric panel if the current location is susceptible to flooding.
  • Install “check valves” in sewer lines to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains.
  • Seal foundation cracks and waterproof the basement with waterproofing compounds.
  • Install sump pumps with battery backup.
  • Stockpile emergency building materials (e.g., plywood, plastic sheeting, lumber nails, a hammer and saw, a pry bar, shovels, and sandbags) to construct barriers to stop floodwater from entering your property.
  • In areas with repetitive flooding, consider elevating or relocating the building.
  • Keep gutters and drains free of debris and check your foundation to ensure that the landscaping slopes away from the building.

For questions about flood-resistant construction or flood insurance in Tulsa, contact Certified Floodplain Managers Bill Robison and Laura Hendrix with the City of Tulsa at (918) 596-2100.   

Oklahoma Low Impact Development database

Click on the picture below to check out the beginning of a database of LID practices in Oklahoma and the world.  If you would like your LID implementation in the database, email Jason Vogel with your site description, location (latitude and longitude), type of LID practice, date of project completion and a photo.  The database does not work well on Internet Explorer, but works very well using Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari.



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