What are Floodplains?
- Flood Zones are geographic areas with some risk of flooding. Based on GIS data, a fair portion of Barrington lies in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), also known as a 100-year flood zone. This means that in any given year, there is a 1% chance that the area will flood. However, it also means there is a 26% chance of an area flooding during a 30-year period.
- Floodplains are relatively low regions adjacent to bodies of water, which periodically experience natural flooding. Among other areas, beaches, marshes, and estuaries generally qualify as floodplains. Barrington has many such areas:
- Here are maps of all of the floodplains in Barrington.
- Here are some additional resources regarding floodplains: