Know Your Flood Hazard

Local creeks and waterways such as the well known Illinois River and Kickapoo Creek may place Peoria County residents in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). We want you to be aware of the hazards associated with the SFHA and what can be done to reduce flood damages and protect your property.

Major flood events have occurred in 1979, twice in 1982, 1983, 1995 and 2013.  The April 2013 flood event inundated over 300 properties, causing over 2.5 million dollars in damages.

Information Provided by Planning & Zoning

The Peoria County Planning & Zoning Department can provide you with the following valuable information upon request:

  • Access to NFIP Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM)
  • Interpret whether a property is in or out of a SFHA as shown on the FIRM
  • Data from current FIRMs such as flood zone, base flood elevation (BFE) or depth
  • Flooding depth data and historical flooding information
  • Information regarding flood hazards not shown on the FIRM            
  • Access to existing Letters of Map Change (LOMC)
  • Access to Post-FIRM building elevation certificates by address

Map Information

Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMS) are available at the Planning & Zoning Department, the local library, and through the FEMA Map Service Center.

The Map Information Services Form (PDF) identifies more information we can discuss with you.  Lenders, realtors, and agents may request a completed Floodplain Determination Form.  If you would like to make an inquiry you can call or visit our office.

Citizens can utilize the Peoria County Front Desk application to review Elevation Certificates on file with Peoria County. Select "Elevation Certificates" under the Land Records Map Layer to see if an Elevation Certificate is on file. If you would like to submit an Elevation Certificate, please contact the Planning & Zoning Department to see how your information can be added to the database.