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BACKYARD BIKE-IN WITH THE MAYOR

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Join Mayor Jeremy Stutsman for his annual Bike to Work Week Bike Ride, plus live music, food trucks and family activities at the City's Backyard Bike-In event Saturday, May 14 at Powerhouse Park. The Backyard Bike-In runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the bike ride beginning at 10:30 a.m. The route... more

NOTICE OF CHANGE OF MEETING DATE AND PLACE

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Governing Body: Goshen Economic Improvement District BoardDate of Meeting: May 18, 2022Time of Meeting: 7:30 a.m.Place of Meeting: Goshen City Hall Conference Room 202 S. 5th Street, Goshen, Indiana Pursuant to the provisions of the Open Door Law and Indiana Code 5-14-1.5-5, the Economic Improvement... more

BEAUTIFY GOSHEN 2022

Friday, April 29, 2022

In conjunction with the Goshen Chamber of Commerce’s “Beautify Goshen” Week, the Goshen Street Department will be making additional disposal services available to assist city residents in their “Beautify Goshen” tasks. This free service is offered only during the first full week in... more

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Shade Tree Board

Today, 7:00pm

This meeting is in-person only.

Board of Zoning Appeals

Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 4:00pm

To view the webinar, please copy and paste this link on your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89051557762 Or call: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 890 5155 7762

MEMORIAL DAY

Monday, May 30, 2022

All City offices will be closed due to the holiday.

Flood Zone

Know the Risks - Flooding in Goshen

Flood Resilience Plan Presentation

March 17 @ 6 p.m. at Goshen Theater

Did you miss the presentation? Watch the full presentation below: 

Provide your input on Goshen's Draft Flood Resilience Plan by taking the survey below.

Check out the slides for this presentation by clicking here.

 
East Lincoln wetland near Steury Avenue

City of Goshen Flood Resilience Plan - DRAFT
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.

Check out the full plan at the link above. Want to know more? Attend the March 17 public meeting and/or directly submit questions to aaronkingsley@goshencity.com. 


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.


Assessments

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 stormwater@goshencity.com 


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 flood proofing 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.

Survey

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.