Before / During / After Rain Events

  1. Before
  2. During
  3. After

Before It Rains

  • Always check with the Community Development Department before you build on, fill, alter to regrade your property. A permit may be needed to ensure that such projects do not cause problems on other properties.
  • Every piece of trash can contribute to flooding. Even grass clippings and branches can accumulate and plug channels. If your property is next to a ditch, creek, storage basin, or other waterway, please do your part and keep the banks clear of brush and debris.
  • Do not dump or throw anything into drainage ditches, creeks, basins, or other waterways. Such dumping causes pollution and is a violation of Federal, State and Local codes and should be emailed to the Stormwater Quality Division.
  • You can do your part in helping the drainage system work. Sweep or pick up your gutters to prevent blockages in the storm drains. Remove trash, fallen branches, and other debris from ditches and drain inlets to help prevent blockages.
  • Additional measures to protect a property from flood damage may include retrofitting structures, grading, correcting local drainage problems, and such emergency measures as moving furniture and sandbagging.
  • Maps of the local flood hazard areas (designated floodplains) are available at FEMA's website.