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City of Goshen awarded state volunteerism award

Friday, December 1, 2023

The Environmental Resilience Department poses with the award. Back L to R: Lee Bergey; Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley, Director of Environmental Resilience; Levi Moser. Front L to R: Theresa Sailor, Education Grant Writer; Melanie Helmuth, Urban Forestry Assistant; Acadia Imhof; Alexa Kennel; Brandi Devoe,... more

Notice of Adoption of City of Goshen Ordinance 5171

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Notice is given that Ordinance 5171, Amending Ordinance Violations Bureau, was passed by the Goshen Common Council on November 13, 2023, and approved and adopted by Mayor Leichty. Ordinance 5171 describes and continues the operation of previously established City of Goshen Ordinance Violations Bureau;... more

Notice of Adoption of Ordinance 5170

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Notice is given that Ordinance 5170, Regulation of Open Burning in the City of Goshen and Providing Penalties for Violations of Such Regulations, was passed by the Goshen Common Council on November 13, 2023, and approved and adopted by Mayor Leichty. Ordinance 5170 prohibits open burning in the... more

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Board of Works

Today, 2:00pm

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Downtown Goshen EID

Thursday, December 7, 2023, 7:30am

Downtown Goshen Economic Improvement District

Flood Zone

Know the Risks - Flooding in Goshen

Flood Awareness Public Meeting: March 16, 2023

On March 16, 2023, the City of Goshen held a drop-in public meeting event from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm at the Schrock Pavilion in Shanklin Park (411 W. Plymouth Avenue) to discuss aspects of Goshen’s Flood Resilience Plan. Attendees had the opportunity to interact with a number of local and regional organizations to ask questions and provide input on water quality and quantity issues in the lower Elkhart River Watershed area. The organizations present included various City of Goshen departments, the Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District, the St. Joseph River Basin Commission, and the Elkhart River Restoration Association. Fact Sheet: Flood Awareness Facts and Resources (English and Spanish) 

Flood awareness and preparation are important in a community with reoccurring flooding, such as Goshen, as is working with our partners to positively impact the rivers and streams we live with.

To learn more about Goshen's Flood Resilience Plan a link to the full Plan is provided below. If you have questions or would like to provide input on concerns you have, please contact Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley at 574-537-3850 or

Future flood awareness public meetings will be held and information will be shared here and through other avenues too. 

Flooded Shanklin Park during the February 2018 Flood (photo credit Andrew Kauffman)

City of Goshen Flood Resilience Plan
In 2018, the City of Goshen experienced its largest flood event in recorded history. The flood, and the damage it caused, prompted community calls for greater planning to increase Goshen's resilience against future flood events. The City of Goshen hired Christopher Burke Engineering as a consultant to assist and facilitate the building of a Flood Resilience Plan. The Plan is organized by geographic planning areas based on flood risks and makes recommendations for each. These recommendations range from specific actions undertaken by various City Departments to ordinance updates that limit high-risk development and incentivize future growth outside of flood hazard areas.

The Flood Resilience Plan was presented to the Goshen City Council on July 18, 2022, and was passed unanimously. One council member commented, "This Plan is a playbook to go by and in the future, the actions may be lessened or strengthened to fit the Goshen community." 

Check out the full plan at the link above, provide your thoughts on Goshen's Flood Resilience Plan by clicking here to fill out a survey, watch the public presentation from March 17, 2022, below, and check out the public presentation slides by clicking here

Know the Risks Project - Flood Risk Tools and Stories 

The "Know the Risks Project" is put together by the Goshen Stormwater Department as part of an effort to increase storm and flood literacy in the Goshen community. The project's goal is to promote a resilient, adaptive City in the face of a changing climate with greater risks from flooding. Explore the series of "StoryMaps" below:

Understanding Flood Risk in Goshen
Explore flood risks for a location of interest to you. Using data tools from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), this story focuses on different methods of assessing flood risks for particular locations across Goshen. The story map provides a guided tour of the available data to provide essential context, but residents can directly access and explore the data here.

Learning from the Past: Historic Flooding in Goshen
Take a look at past flood events in Goshen's history. This story map came together with a lot of help from community members who took photos of flooding in 2018 and members of the Goshen Historical Society.

Goshen's USGS River Gauge
Learn how to monitor the height of the river and evaluate risks during a potential flood event using the United States Geological Survey (USGS) river gauge located at the Indiana Avenue Bridge. This story map guides you through how to use the tool and provides context for what different river heights mean for area businesses and homes.


Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Stormwater

Also in response to flooding in 2018, the Goshen Stormwater Department partnered with the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments to undertake a guided vulnerability assessment for stormwater. Climate trends suggest greater risks from flooding in this region and the assessment evaluates a number of locations throughout Goshen for their sensitivity to climatic changes and ability to adapt to the coming changes. The assessment concludes with a vulnerability matrix for selected Goshen areas and makes some recommendations to continue investigating and addressing identified vulnerabilities.

Check out the full plan at the link above (coming soon). Direct questions about the Assessment to Goshen's Stormwater Department 

Other Tools

Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service - See the National Weather Service's river height forecasts as adverse weather approaches the City. Then use the River Gauge story map above to understand what sections of our City along the Elkhart River might experience flooding at the predicted river crest. 

Flood Factor - Use Flood Factor's address lookup tool to view estimated flood risks for your home or business. This robust tool has additional resources that estimate the cost of damage at different flood heights and offer possible floodproofing solutions to begin protecting yourself against flooding. The tool runs models based on updated methodologies that in some cases go beyond the capabilities of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) floodplain maps. City staff has found that the tool's flood predictions in some cases more closely reflect the flooding seen during Goshen's historic 2018 flood.

U.S. EPA Flooded Homes Cleanup Guidance - Floods are the most common type of natural disaster affecting people across the United States and impacted property owners need to know how to effectively and safely cleanup after the floodwaters recede. To help with this the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created a website with guidance on the proper steps to take. The topics include: Coming Home, Doing it Yourself, Protecting Your Health, and Additional Resources & Help. If you or a loved one are impacted by a flood this website will be a valuable tool. 


Please share your thoughts on the drafted plan by taking the survey below. If you have multiple questions or areas of concern, please submit another survey.