Homeowner's Role

Tips for Homeowners to Prevent Flood Damage

  • Always check with the Planning Department before you build on, alter, regrade, or fill in your property. A permit may be needed to ensure that projects do not cause problems on other properties.
  • Check the Frequently Flooded Streets and Intersections Map (PDF)
  • Avoid building in a floodplain unless you elevate and reinforce your home.
  • Clean your nearest catch basin - The city does its best to keep catch basins clear of debris, but all residents should assist in the process. Pick up your leaves and grass clippings for collection each fall. And remember your storm drain is not a trash can, litter can clog your storm drains.
  • Consider installing check valves to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home.
  • Do not dump or throw anything into the ditches or the streams. Even grass clippings and branches can accumulate and plug channels. A plugged channel cannot carry water. When it rains, the water has to go somewhere. Every piece of trash contributes to flooding.
  • Elevate the furnace, water heater, and electric panel in your home if you live in an area that has a high flood risk.
  • If feasible, construct barriers to stop floodwater from entering the building and seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds.
  • If your property is next to a ditch or a stream, please do your part and keep the banks clear of brush and debris. The city has a ditch maintenance program, which can help remove major blockages, such as downed trees or clogged outfalls.
  • Know your properties flooding risk and if you need flood insurance.
  • Safety First - Do not enter areas where water could come in contact with electricity. If water has reached electrical outlets or appliance connections and you can safely reach the electrical panel, immediately turn off power to the flooded areas. If you are unable to turn off the electricity, wait until the water has receded before you enter the area.

Flood Mitigation Guidance for Residents

Here are 10 additional steps to protecting your property.