Reza Aral, CFM, CPESC • 1526 East Forrest Ave, Suite 400 East Point, GA 30344 • Ph: 404-270-7130
East Point is subject to a wide variety of flood risks. Flooding most commonly occurs during the rainy season from June to November. Low-lying areas near streams are particularly subject to flooding. Several areas of the city have experienced flooding from Camp Creek, Utoy Creek, and South River. The City’s most recent major flood events occurred in the fall of 2009 and the winter of 2010. Several properties within the City suffered flood damage. In these events, flood waters ranged from 1 to 3 feet in some areas.
Residents shall be reminded that flood waters are dangerous. Six inches of water will reach the bottom of passenger cars and cause a loss of control and possible stalling. A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) and pick-ups.
Your property may be high enough that it has not flooded recently. If your property is in the floodplain, the odds are that someday your property will be damaged by flood.
The City of East Point provides resources for property owners to determine their flood hazard and determine their options for flood protection. Flood maps and flood protection references are available at the East Point Public Works office at Jefferson Station Building, 1526 East Forrest Avenue, Suite 400. City Flood Services:
The Public Works Department also has information about area floodplains, as well as maps to show Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs), flood zones, and flood elevations. Public Works maintains copies of Elevation Certificates and historical information about past flooding problems and flood depths. The Public Works Department conducts site visits to review flooding, drainage, and sewer problems and provides one-on-one advice to the property owner. Call (404) 270-7130 to schedule a visit or receive more information.
Talk to your insurance agent if you don’t have flood insurance, because Flood Insurance: homeowner insurance policies do not cover damage from floods. Because East Point participates in the NFIP, you can purchase a separate flood insurance policy. This insurance is backed by the federal government and is available to everyone, even for properties that have been flooded previously.
Some individuals have purchased flood insurance because it was required to obtain a loan. Usually, such policies cover a structure and not its contents. Flooding in East Point usually causes more damage to what’s inside a building as opposed to the building itself. So, if you have a flood insurance policy, be sure the building coverage is adequate and make sure you have contents coverage.
Don’t wait for the next flood to buy insurance! There is a 30-day waiting period before NFIP coverage takes effect. Contact your insurance agent for more information on rates and coverage.
All properties located within the SFHA designated on the community’s Flood Insurance Rate Map are subject to state and local regulations. Before undertaking development, a builder must secure the necessary permits from the city’s Public Works Department. “Development” includes reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition or other activities. Floodplain Development:
Always check with the city before you build, alter, re-grade, or fill on your property. A permit may be needed to ensure that projects do not cause problems on other properties. If you see building or filling without a city permit posted, call (404) 765-1144 to report your concern.
According to the East Point Flood Damage Protection Ordinance, if cumulative substantial improvements to a building over 10-years are more than 50% of the current market value, the entire building must be protected from flooding according to new building standards. Substantial Improvements:
Every year flooding causes more property damage in the United States than any other natural disaster. While recent construction practices and regulations have made new homes less prone to flooding, many existing structures remain susceptible. Throughout the county there is a growing interest from property owners to develop practical and cost-effective methods for reducing or eliminating exposures to flooding. Several effective methods include acquisition, relocation of a building to a site not subject to flooding, demolition of a structure, or retrofitting. Property Protection Measures:
Retrofitting is when the property itself remains subject to flooding, but the building is modified to prevent or minimize flooding of habitable space. There are several approaches to retrofitting, including elevating the structure, wet flood-proofing, dry flood-proofing, and relocation.
In the event of a flood threat, it is advisable to take the following emergency actions:
Place sand bags to reduce erosion and scouring
Elevate furniture above flood levels
Seal off sewer lines in the dwelling to prevent the backflow of sewer waters
Do not dump or throw anything into ditches, stormwater systems or tributaries. Dumping in ditches or other drainage structures is a violation of Article B of the City of East Point Zoning Ordinance. When ditches or systems become clogged by debris, flooding occurs more frequently and reaches a higher elevation, subjecting properties to unnecessary risk of damage. Tributary/Stormwater System Maintenance:
Remember, it is ILLEGAL to dump materials into storm drains! If you witness dumping, or find debris in ditches or streams, call (404) 765-1144 to report your concern. Keep everything out of storm drains except for the stormwater runoff that they are designed to collect!
BE FLOOD SAFE!
It is important to recognize the power of floodwaters and to take proactive measures to prevent injury or death. Drowning is the number one cause of flood-related deaths; just six inches of moving water can be enough to knock an adult off his feet.
·DO NOT walk through flowing water. Use a stick, pole or similar tool to walk in standing water to avoid falling into holes and other hidden dangers.
·DO NOT drive through a flooded area or around barriers. In floods, more people drown in cars than anywhere else, and barriers may indicate a road or bridge is washed out.
·DO NOT touch or go near downed power lines or electrical wires. The number two cause of death during flood events is electrocution. Immediately report downed power lines to East Point Power at (404) 270-7125.
·DO NOT use appliances or motors that have gotten wet, even if they were unplugged before being touched by water. Appliances may keep electrical charges even after they have been unplugged.
FLOOD WARNING SYSTEM
The most serious threat of general flooding is during the hurricane season (June through November). Residents should tune into TV and radio weather broadcasts for special advisories and severe weather alerts.
Residents can also utilize the City’s CodeRED Emergency Notification System to receive notifications of tornado, flash flood, and severe weather warnings. CodeRED provides registered users with automated warning calls to their home or cell phones.
Register for the CodeRED emergency notification system at the link below:
Or visit any City office building or Fire Station to complete a paper application
Flood Insurance Rate Map Information
The East Point floodplain management program provides information to inquirers from the communities Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), including whether a property is in a flood hazard area and its base flood elevation. To obtain FIRM information contact Reza Aral at 404-270-7130 or
East Point also maintains elevation certificates for some properties in the floodplain. The elevation certificates are posted on-line by street address.
The City of East Point distributes information to the public regarding the City of East Point’s floodplain.
National Flood Insurance Program
For information on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) visit the Federal Emergency Management Agencies webpage at www.fema.gov.