Flood Mitigation Efforts
Improvements can be made to existing structures to help reduce or eliminate flood damage risks. These improvements include:
- Elevating the structure above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE).
- Elevating utilities such as electrical outlets, breaker or fuse bases, water heaters, HVAC equipment and fuel tanks.
- Installing openings or louvered vents in flood-prone areas below BFE to allow floodwaters to flow through freely.
- Installing sewer backflow valves to prevent sewage backup
County Planning and Community Development staff can provide a list of licensed contractors and consultants who are knowledgeable about flood retrofitting techniques and construction.