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.

Wood frame to elevated an HVAC unit.

Elevated HVAC system.

Louvered Vent in side of house.

Flood vent.