Building in a floodplain is like pitching a tent on a highway when there are no cars coming.
The most effective way to protect your property from flood damage is to choose a location outside of the floodplain that is not susceptible to flooding or drainage problems. But what about buildings and other development that are already located in high risk areas?
Techniques for floodproofing (retrofitting) existing flood-prone development include:
Consult with your municipal building official for information and assistance with floodproofing techniques.
Insurance doesn’t prevent flood damage, but it can be a valuable tool for protecting the financial investment in buildings and contents. Flood losses are not covered by most insurance policies.
Flood resilience and hazard mitigation planning are critical steps toward coordinated implementation of activities that will reduce future damages from events that we hope will never occur. The planning process enables a community to develop a program of activities that can be implemented now, before a disaster strikes. After evaluating the problems and considering potential solutions, the community identifies the most appropriate and efficient actions for reducing future damages.