Protect Your Property

Various methods may be used to minimize flooding. If the first finished floor elevation of your property is lower than the base flood elevation (BFE) established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), consider elevating your structure. If a flood is imminent, protect your property by sandbagging areas vulnerable to the entry of water. (Note: Sandbags should not be stacked directly against the outer walls of a structure, since when wet, the bags may create added pressure on the foundation.) Valuables and furniture may also be moved to higher areas of the dwelling to minimize damages.


Building Inspections staff can provide one-on-one advice to property owners regarding structural retrofitting measures and Public Services staff can also visit the site in question to review flooding, drainage, and sewer problems. Staff can also provide information on potential sources of financial help for undertaking property protection measures.

The Homeowners Guide to Retrofitting: Six Ways to Protect Your Home can be ordered from FEMA. The publication provides guidance for readers with little to no experience dealing with flood protection methods or building construction techniques.

Additional Information about floodproofing can be found at FEMA's Floodproofing webpage.

Drainage Systems

Streams, retention/detention basins, and channels can lose their carrying capacities as a result of dumping, debris, sedimentation, and growth of vegetation. When a drainage system loses its carrying or storage capacity, overbank flooding occurs more frequently and floods reach higher elevations. If your property located near a ditch or stream, the banks should be kept clear of brush and debris.

The City's ditch maintenance program can help remove major blockages such as downed trees in ditches on public property in the City Limits. Dumping in ditches and streams is a violation of regulations and should be reported to the Public Services Department at 252-726-6848, ext. 122 or ext. 132.