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Risk MAP Region VIII - North Dakota

Welcome to the Region VIII Risk Mapping, Analysis, and Planning (Risk MAP) website for North Dakota!

Risk MAP is a national FEMA program to work with states, tribes, territories, and local communities to evaluate and better understand their current flood risk, as well as the actions that can be taken to mitigate and become more resilient against future risk. More details about the Risk MAP program can be found here, and specific project information can be found by entering your community information into our Projects page.

If you have any questions, please click on Contact Us to reach out.

Ward County Preliminary Floodplain Mapping

Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Region 8 and the North Dakota State Water Commission have been supporting Ward County and the cities of Minot, Burlington and Sawyer in finalizing a flood study that updates Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for communities across Ward County, North Dakota. The flood hazards shown on the newly updated FIRM are used by communities to determine where to enforce floodplain development regulations; by lenders to determine flood insurance requirements; and by insurance providers to determine flood insurance rates.

These maps are being updated to help Ward County and its communities understand the flood risk that they face and help community officials and residents start making decisions now to protect property, invest for the future and build safer.

We encourage residents and community leaders to fully understand the risk of flooding in your area so that you know how future floods may affect you and if specific flood insurance and building requirements apply to your property, now or in the future.

Click here to find your flood risk or visit the FEMA Maps Service Center to download your preliminary FIRM panels.

Public meetings will be held in Minot, Burlington and Sawyer to help residents understand what these FIRM updates mean for them and their property. Mark your calendar to ensure you are able to attend your community public open house (and all three meetings are open to any Ward County resident).

Monday, July 17th 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
City Pavilion
45 Main Street North
Sawyer, ND 58781

Tuesday, July 18th 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Burlington Elementary School
301 South Wallace Street
Burlington, ND 58722

Wednesday, July 19th 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Minot Municipal Building Auditorium
420 3rd Avenue Southwest
Minot, ND 58701 

Ward County Project Timeline
Ward County Project Timeline








Helpful Links:

Frequently Asked Questions

Flood Insurance and Flood Maps

What Property Owners Need to Know

What Your NFIP Policy Covers

Additional Information

Know Your Risk

Floods are one of the most common and costly natural disasters in the nation and can happen in any location at anyWhen it comes to reducing risk from flooding, know your risk, know your role, take action! time. Remember, just because you haven’t experienced a flood in the past, doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. It is important for you to understand the flood risk to your property so that you can take steps now to keep your family, home and workplace safe from harm. Here are ways you can find out your property’s flood risk:

Take Action

To understand your flood risk and view your flood maps, visit the Flood Map Service Center (MSC).

To learn more about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and how to get flood insurance, visit

Make a plan, be ready for disaster, visit

Last Updated: 
05/08/2020 - 09:59