Flooding is defined as a general and temporary condition of partial or complete inundation of normally dry land areas from: the overflow of inland or tidal waters; the unusual and rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters from any source; or mudflows or the sudden collapse of shoreline land. Flooding is one of the moderate priority natural hazards in Oconee County. This is largely due to the physical geography of the county, which includes several rivers and creeks as well as a varied topography.
Overall, Oconee County has a moderate level vulnerability to flooding. The numerous streams and waterways create areas that do commonly flood but flooding problems are limited primarily to developed areas that have creeks or streams running through them. Very little of the cities are located within the 100 year flood zone. Overall Oconee County has a moderate vulnerability to flooding because of numerous lakes and streams within its limits.
For more information on Floods caused by Dam Failure, click here.
Further Flood information from FEMA can be accessed here.