Barren County is located in an area that has both karst regions that is filled with caves, sinkholes, springs, underground streams and other features in the northern part of the County and several streams, rivers and a man-made U.S. Army Corps controlled lake (Barren River Lake Reservoir) to the south and west portions of the County. Flooding can occur from river and creek flooding, flash flooding from interior streams, and flooding from overloaded storm and karst systems. Barren County are participants in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and are responsible for enforcing floodplain management ordinances and for administering both the National Flood Insurance Program and Floodplain Management Program. To encourage communities to establish sound floodplain management programs that go beyond the NFIP minimum requirements, in 1990 the Community Rating System (CRS) was created by FEMA. By participating in the CRS program, citizens in our community are eligible to receive discounts on flood insurance premiums.
Please see the links below for both surface and subsurface water level monitoring, city & county stormwater programs, and links to other state & federal resources.
For further information regarding Flood Zones, Floodways, Flood Prone areas not in the special Flood Hazard area of Barren County please contact the Local Floodplain Manager below.
Local Floodplain Manager
Local flood related links
State flood related links
National flood related links
Last Modified: September 19, 2023