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.
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
Tributary/Stormwater System Maintenance
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. 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!