Levee Systems

SBH is responsible for:

Levee system Inspection and Maintenance – Inspect and maintain the Point Place and Glencove (Swan Creek) levees as mandated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).



Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will host a Preliminary Flood Map Information Open House on Sept. 20. The open house will provide coastal residents with an opportunity to review a recently completed preliminary Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and its accompanying preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs).

The FIS and the FIRMs provide base flood (also known as the 1-percent-annual-chance event) information, designate areas that are subject to significant flood hazards, and offer information that public officials may use when permitting development in the floodplain.

The Open House will be staffed with representatives from various local, state, and federal agencies who will provide the most current information about flood risk, flood insurance, floodplain development regulations, and the process for floodplain mapping within Lucas County. The preliminary floodplain maps will be on display at the meeting. Details for the preliminary Flood Map Open House are as follows:

WHAT:           Preliminary Flood Map Information Open House 

WHEN:          5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sept. 20, 2018

WHERE:        Train Station Grand Lobby

                       300 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

                       Toledo, OH 43604

Property owners, realtors, lenders, and insurance agents are urged to attend and take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about flood risk and hazard mitigation within their community.



Swan Creek (Glencove) Levee System near South Avenue and Detroit Avenue has been undergoing improvements over the last three years to achieve compliance with new regulations issued by FEMA.  Improvements are near completion, with only topsoil and establishing grass remaining.  Please refrain from walking along the crown of the levee until grass has grown.



Point Place Levee System along the Ottawa River, Mudjaw Creek, and Maumee River has been deemed "Unacceptable" since 2008.  The City of Toledo has been working with USACE and FEMA since that time to bring the levee system back into compliance.  In 2012, the City of Toledo began replacing closure devices and restoring settled earthen areas near the sheet pile walls.  In 2016 and 2017, the City of Toledo worked with Riverview Yacht Club to rebuild a combination retaining wall and earthen levee. 



In 2018, the City of Toledo expects to restore the remaining areas of the levee that have suffered the most settlement, specifically Edgewater Park and Mudjaw Creek. Below is a map showing areas in yellow that did not meet freeboard height requirements as of the last field survey in 2012.

By the end of 2018, The City of Toledo fully intends to restore the entire point place levee system to its required height.  Below is additional information for point place residents and property owners.  Enjoy the drone footage.

4-30-2018 Notice to Property Owners at Edgewater Park and Mudjaw Creek

September 27, 2017 Edgewater Park public meeting presentation

March 14, 2018 West Mudjaw Creek public meeting presentation

Request For Approval of an Encroachment on Point Place Levee

Point Place Levee by Reaches 





Normal water level of Lake Erie is 569.2 feet above sea level.  This registers as 0 (zero) on the water gauges in the Maumee and Ottawa Rivers

At +66” and/or high northeasterly winds are expected, Notice is provided to SBH by Coast Guard, WeatherSentry and Accuweather.

At +72”  stop logs are installed 

At +90”, or when breach of levee is imminent, Toledo Fire and Rescue is notified

A command center is established when water level reaches +102" or higher on the water gauges (577.7 feet above sea level) or when a levee breach occurs. 

The command center will likely be located at Friendship Park.