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The Floodplain Administration section provides information to the public about flood hazards in Powell County, guidance on floodplain management and flood hazard mitigation, and facts and information regarding flood insurance.

This office is the primary Powell County liaison to FEMA for matters relating to floodplain development.  Staff uses the Powell County Floodplain and Floodway Management Ordinance for Communities with Designated Floodways to manage all new projects or expansion of existing projects within the county through issuance of a Floodplain Development Permit. 

The Powell County Zoning & Development Regulations contain the following Overlay Districts to manage land uses adjacent to water resources.

Use this Map Index to find out if your project is in a floodplain.  For a more specific delineation of the floodplain, use one of two convenient ways to access an actual Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM):  Type in the panel number or type in your address.

The Planning Department is the Official Community Repository for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) panels for the County, depicting FEMA defined Special Flood Hazard Areas. 

If you are a property owner or consultant planning a project within a floodplain in Powell County, please contact the Planning Department for local permitting requirements. 

Cottonwood Flooding Presentation March 27, 2013

Montana Floodplains and Thier Administration.  Powell County Experiences



The City of Deer Lodge has the authority of permitting within its jurisdiction.  Please contact Brian Bender at 846-9729, or e-mail him at for permitting requirements.

The following Flood Zone Map is provided as an informal reference approximate home locations near the floodzones. Please access Current FEMA Issued Flood Maps for official floodplain delineation.

2011 FEMA Flood Assessment Map for Cottonwood Creek



The Joint Application was developed to facilitate processing of several different permits required by conservation districts and state agencies for work on or near Montana waterways. 

This form is intended to increase coordination and streamline the permitting process.  Please refer to A Guide to Stream Permitting in Montana to determine any additional required permits for projects.  

Access additional information on theState Floodplain Management site.


409 Missouri Ave., Suite 101
Deer Lodge, MT 59722

(406) 846-9795
(406) 846-2784 fax

Carl Hamming – Planning Director and Floodplain Administrator
            phone:  406-846-9729