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In addition, late fees and fees for non-compliance from alarm principal and alarm businesses may be assessed. Each alarm will receive one "free" false alarm response per year.
Complaints or questions may be submitted through one of the following methods:
Your property's floodplain designation is determined by a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) issued by FEMA. A property's floodplain designation indicates the likelihood of a flood event. For example, a property with a floodplain designation of AE has a 1% annual risk of flood. Floodplain designations are used by lenders to determine if flood insurance is required. They are also used by the Planning Department to enforce the Floodplain/Floodway Overlay District regulations.
Floodplain designations can be viewed online through the Sarpy County Internet Map Service. Please note that the information provided through this resource may not reflect recently issued Letters of Map Amendment or Revision. If you believe that a Letter of Map Amendment or Revision has been issued please utilize the Planning Department's map information service.
The Planning Department provides a map information service to assist citizens with determining their floodplain designation. It is important to know your flood risk. Our staff is dedicated to assisting you with your floodplain inquiries. If you wish to utilize our service, please fill out the Mayor's Hotline Floodplain Information form or contact the Planning Department at 402-597-2077. Additional floodplain resources are available at the Sump Memorial Library.
An elevation certificate is a detailed survey of an existing structure that shows whether a structure is above, at, or below the base flood elevation. The base flood elevation is the elevation indicated in the official Flood Insurance Study as the elevation of the one-hundred-year flood. Elevation certificates are required for lenders to determine if flood insurance is mandatory as well as the insurance premium. The Planning Department has copies of some elevation certificates available through our office. Please click here to view available elevation certificates or contact us at (402) 597-2077 to request copies.
The local flood hazards are the Big Papillion Creek, West Papillion Creek, Walnut Creek and Midland Creek. Both the Big Papillion Creek and West Papillion Creek have a history of flooding. The Big Papillion Creek flooded in August 1959 leading to the evacuation of six families. The two largest floods of record occurred in 1964 and 1965. In 1964, the flood level reached 45,900 cfs (cubic feet per second). Seven people were killed and $5 million in damage occurred (excluding losses to personal property). In 1965, the flood level reached 31,200 cfs. In 1993, flood damages were recorded in the Big Papio Creek watershed due to heavy downpours. The damages including bowed or collapsed foundations and retaining walls.
The West Papillion Creek flooded in 1948. The flood had a 59-year recurrence interval at 25,500 cfs. In 1959, the West Papillion Creek flooded at a 35-year recurrence interval at 25,500 cfs. Another flood in 1964 led to a 100-year discharge (31,500 cfs) at the mouth of the creek with a 40,800 cfs discharge at Giles Road.
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Please see our list of flood safety measures that should be taken before, during, and after a flood event. Additional resources are available through www.ready.gov and FEMA.
In 1968, Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to provide insurance to assist citizens with the financial losses related to floods. Individual communities must participate in the NFIP for citizens and businesses to qualify to purchase flood insurance. It is important to know that standard homeowners insurance policies do not cover damage related to flooding. Purchase flood insurance if your property is at risk for flood. Standard homeowners insurance policies do not cover damage related to flooding. Purchasing flood insurance is important because there is a 26% chance of experiencing a flood event in the life of a 30-year mortgage. Flood insurance is available to protect the building and its contents. Additional information regarding building coverage versus contents coverage is available at FloodSmart.gov. Please note that there is a 30-day waiting period before coverage goes into effect so insurance should be purchased in a timely manner. Contact your insurance agent or call 1-888-379-9531 for agent referrals or visit FloodSmart.gov. Papillion participates in the Community Rating System (CRS) so discounted flood premiums may be available.
Please see our list of property protection measures that can be taken to protect your property from flood damage. More detailed information regarding retrofitting is available through FEMA.
Floodplains are the low areas adjacent to rivers, lakes, and oceans. They are dynamic ecosystems that provide flood water conveyance and storage, fertile soil for agriculture, groundwater recharge, and sediment control. Floodplains are characterized as either riverine or coastal. The floodplains within the City of Papillion are riverine floodplains. Riverine floodplains that are still in their natural state have an important impact on flooding. Flood waters are able to spread over a large area when the floodplain is free of encroachment. Spreading flood waters across a large area reduces the flood velocity and reduces the peak flows downstream. The reduction of velocity reduces both flood damage and flood related erosion. Preservation of the floodplain also improves water quality because the natural cover filters impurities and nutrients from runoff. This minimizes sediment loads and impurities. Floodplains also moderate water temperature which reduces the possibility of negative impacts on aquatic plants and animals. Floodplains can also act as recharge areas for groundwater by promoting infiltration and aquifer recharge. They provide habitat for diverse species of plants and animals, which may not be able to live in any other location. Floodplains are important as both breeding and feeding grounds.
Help protect the natural function of the floodplain. Do not dump grass clippings, leaves, garbage, or chemicals into streams and creeks. They need to be kept clear of debris to carry and store floodwaters. Dumping chemicals disrupts the ecosystem of our creeks and streams. If you see illegal dumping or polluting, please fill out the Mayor's Hotline Illegal Dumping form or contact the Planning Department at 402-597-2077.
Additionally, silt fences on construction sites help keep streams and creeks free by keeping silt on the work site. If you see broken silt fences, please fill out the Mayor's Hotline Illegal Dumping form or contact the Planning Department at 402-597-2077.
The flood warning system starts with real-time monitoring of river gage data by the Papio-Missouri NRD. The river gage information is provided to the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service is responsible for issuing flood watches and warnings. Tune your weather radio to KIH-61 (162.400 MHz) to receive National Weather Service alerts. Notices are also publicized via television channels KPTM 3, WOWT 6, KETV 7, and KPTM 42.
Floodplain Development Permits are required for all development within the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) per Article XXVII of the Zoning Regulations. Obtain a Floodplain Development Permit before you build a new structure, renovate an existing structure, or grade a property in the SFHA. Floodplain Development Permit applications are available online. If you have questions regarding Floodplain Development Permits, please contact the Planning Department at (402) 597-2077. If you suspect that the floodplain is being modified without a permit, please fill out the Mayor's Hotline Suspicious Floodplain Activity form or contact the planning Department at (402) 597-2077.
The NFIP requires that a damaged structure meet the same construction requirements as a new building if the cost of reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition, or other improvements to a building equals or exceeds 50% of the building's market value. Any new construction or substantial improvement must meet the requirements of Section 205-158 of the Papillion Municipal Code. Substantial improvement is defined as "any reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition, or other improvement of a structure, the cost of which equals or exceeds 50% of the market value of the structure before "start of construction" of the improvement."
For residential properties, this means that the lowest floor (including the basement) must be elevated one foot above base flood elevation. For nonresidential properties, this means that the lowest floor (including the basement) must be elevated one foot above base flood elevation or it shall be floodproofed so that the structure is watertight with walls substantially impermeable to the passage of water and has structural components that have the capacity of resisting hydrostatic and hydrodynamic loads and the effect of buoyancy. Additionally, Section 205-161(B-C) provides that residential and nonresidential uses located in the floodway cannot be reconstructed if the reconstruction cost exceeds 50% of the market value prior to the damage occurring. These provisions are enforced at the time of application for a Floodplain Development Permit, which is required prior to approval of a building permit.
For additional information on FEMA's requirements, click here.
It is a violation of §195-16 to pollute any stream or source of water supplied to the Municipal Water Department. In 2006, the Stormwater Management Regulations were adopted to establish minimum requirements and procedures to control the adverse impacts associated with increased and altered stormwater runoff. It is important to maintain the drainage system because any blockage of the system can lead to flooding. Please refrain from dumping grass clippings, leaves, or garbage into streams, creeks, and drainage areas. The drainage system must also be protected from chemicals and vehicle fluids. Make sure to dispose of household chemicals appropriately and keep your vehicle well maintained to prevent fluid leakage.
If you see illegal dumping or polluting, please fill out the Illegal Dumping for available through the Mayor's Hotline or contact the Planning Department at 402-597-2077.
Use your 14-digit library card number as your login and your last name (in lower-case, no caps) as your password. (If your card doesn’t have a 14-digit number, please stop by the library to get it relabeled.) If you have problems, please call us at 402-597-2040.
On the my summary screen, click on the underlined Renew for the item you want to keep longer or click on the Renew All button to renew everything you have checked out. Items can only be renewed once and items another patron has placed a hold on cannot be renewed. To renew, view our
- You can login directly to the catalog or click on the Catalog link.
- Use your 14-digit library card number as your login and your last name (in lower-case, no caps) as your password. (If your card doesn’t have a 14-digit number, please stop by the library to get it relabeled.) If you have problems, please call us at 402-597-2040)
- Type in the title you want to place on hold in the Search box under the library photos and click the Go button.
- Click on the underlined Title of the item you want.
- Click on Place Hold on the right-side of the Item Details screen.
- Click the Place Hold button on the Hold Confirmation screen.
- You will be taken to your Holds screen showing the Hold has been placed.
- You can cancel or suspend Holds on this screen too.
- If you are going to be away, consider suspending your holds until you return so you don’t miss out on the item you’ve been waiting for.
- You will get an email and/or a phone call when your hold is ready to be picked up depending on how you’ve instructed the library to contact you.
- The item will be held for pickup for 7 days.
- You must have the library card the item was placed on hold for to pick it up.
- If you want to place a particular item on hold like a specific DVD from a TV series, please contact us and we can place that hold for you.
Members of the Library Board of Advisors are appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the City Council. The positions hold a 4-year term. If interested, please submit a letter of interest with a resume and the Trustee Application to Mayor David P. Black, at:
Papillion City Hall
122 E 3rd Street
Papillion, NE 68046
- Books: 3 weeks
- Audiobooks on CD: 3 weeks
- Music CDs: 3 weeks
- DVDs and Board Games: 7 days
- Magazines and Comic Books: 7 days
- Books & Magazines: $0.10 per day
- Audiobooks: $0.10 per day
- Equipment: $1 per day
- DVDs and Board Games: $1 per day
The fee for lost or damaged materials is the replacement cost of the item. Items are considered lost when they are more than 3 weeks overdue. If a lost item is returned, the lost fines will be replaced with an overdue fine.
Stop by the library and fill out an InterLibrary Loan (ILL) Request. The library will then attempt to borrow the item from another library for you. All requests are placed in a nationwide search and are filled at the discretion of the lending library. Requests may take a few days to several weeks to be processed. A fee equivalent to the cost of postage is charged for each received interlibrary loan request.
Fines for overdue materials are $1 per day and materials that are not picked up will be charged the cost of postage. Lost or damaged materials will be charged according to the fees set by the lending library.
Check the zoning map. Then go to Zoning Regulations and select the chapter containing the rules for your district. If you have questions, call the Planning Department at 402-597-2077.
Some areas have "overlay" districts that impose additional restrictions on the use of the land. These districts include Floodplain/Floodway, Highway, and Public District. Citizens may call the numbers listed above to ask which overlays may apply to their property.
Sometimes lenders require zoning "verification" or "certification" letters when you are selling or financing property. The information required can vary from a simple statement of the current zoning classification on the property and what uses are permitted in that zone to a detailed evaluation of the conformance of the uses and improvements on the property to the zoning rules. The City may, in some cases, prepare letters of this type; to determine if this is possible contact 402-597-2077.