Flood Mitigation Efforts

Improvements can be made to existing structures to help reduce or eliminate flood damage risks.  These improvements include:

  • Elevating the structure above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE). This may reduce flood insurance cost.
  • Elevating utilities such as:
    • electrical outlets
    • breaker or fuse bases
    • water heaters
    • heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment
    • and fuel tanks.
  • Installing openings or louvered vents in flood-prone areas below Base Flood Elevation (BFE) to allow floodwaters to flow through freely.
  • Installing sewer backflow valves to prevent sewage backup.
  • Store valuables and insurance papers up high in a waterproof container.
  • Convert or eliminate non-compliant ground floor living space.
  • Know the local stormwater regulations.

Contact Planning & Inspections Development staff for:

  • a list of licensed contractors and consultants who are knowledgeable about flood retrofitting techniques and construction,
  • information on available grant funding from qualifying elevation projects,
  • recommendations from a site visit on ways to reduce flood damages to your property.
Wood frame to elevated an HVAC unit.

Elevated  Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning HVAC system.

Louvered Vent in side of house.

Flood vent.