Protecting Property from Floods

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Protecting Property from Floods

Floodplain management ordinances are in place to help prevent, to the extent possible, flood hazards including property damage and loss. There are measures property owners can also take to help mitigate loss whether the property is located inside or outside of a floodplain.

  • Install a sewer check valve to prevent sewer backup.
  • Electrical panels and appliances should be located to areas that do not receive flood waters or install interior flood walls to protect furnaces and appliances.
  • Know where the shut-off is for gas, electrical and water supplies.
  • Elevating your home or relocating out of the floodway may also be options.

If you have experienced flooding and you hold flood insurance, the Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) portion of your flood insurance policy is there to assist in flood proofing measures such as elevating your home or relocating out of the flood plain. Contact your insurance provider for more information.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has also produced a number of useful resources.

Find additional resources at these links.  Preparedness and recovery steps are closely related to property protection.