Reduce the risk of future flooding with buyout programs

Learn what buyout programs are and how they are included in flood projections



Buyout programs are a specific subset of property acquisitions in which private lands are purchased, existing structures demolished, and the land maintained in an undeveloped state for public use in perpetuity. Acquisition of a property in a floodway is intended to reduce the risk of future flooding for the property and/or those adjacent.



Red River Grand Forks, North Dakota 1997 flood events led to buy-outs across the state 


Flood risk reduction

Information on Flood Factor comes from the First Street Foundation Flood Model. A buy-out is one of the 40 different types of flood risk reduction projects, known as adaptation, that this model considers when calculating and validating flood projections. 


The Adaptation Team continues to collect information on the flood infrastructure that exists across the country to make sure the Flood Model includes as many adaptation projects as possible. If you know of any projects that are not shown today, please help the team by submitting this flood protection project user input form. The adaptation database contains 23,000 features today. We know there are more projects to include and value your input!


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