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). This may reduce flood insurance cost.
  • Elevating utilities such as:
    • electrical outlets
    • breaker or fuse bases
    • water heaters
    • heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment
    • and fuel tanks.
  • Installing openings or louvered vents in flood-prone areas below Base Flood Elevation (BFE) to allow floodwaters to flow through freely.
  • Installing sewer backflow valves to prevent sewage backup.
  • Store valuables and insurance papers up high in a waterproof container.
  • Convert or eliminate non-compliant ground floor living space.
  • Know the local stormwater regulations.

County Planning and Community Development staff can provide a list of licensed contractors and consultants who are knowledgeable about flood retrofitting techniques and construction.

Additionally, staff can help you determine if there is available grant funding for qualifying elevation projects. Contact staff to request a site visit for recommendations for your property to reduce flood damages.

Wood frame to elevated an HVAC unit.

Elevated HVAC system.

Louvered Vent in side of house.

Flood vent.