Floodplain management is a community-based effort to prevent or reduce the risk of flooding, resulting in a more resilient community.
Flash floods often result from small creeks and streams overflowing during heavy rainfall. These floods often become uncontrolled torrents of water, which rip through riverbeds, and town streets. Flash flooding usually occurs within six hours of a heavy rainfall event. On the other hand, a flood is a natural and inevitable part of life along our country's rivers. These floods occur seasonally with general rains or torrential rains associated with tropical storms, that later drain in river basins.
Ways you can help increase the flow of water around your property to prevent flooding:
- Removing brush/weeds from low lying areas
- Clean up debris & litter in drainage areas
- Removing fallen/dead tree limbs where water channels, or neighborhood storm drains.