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Posted on: September 24, 2020

Understand your flood hazards and what to do

The City of Galveston is dedicated to minimizing the loss of life and property that is associated with flooding events, and providing residents with a safe environment to live, work, and play. Since you own or live in a property that is subject to flooding and flood hazards, you are at an increased risk of flooding. Make sure you are knowledgeable on how to protect yourself and your property for the next flooding event.

 Purchase a flood insurance policy and maintain coverage on your structure. Don’t delay – there is a 30-day waiting period before a policy takes effect. Basic homeowner’s insurance does not cover damage from floods. Flood insurance is not only for homeowners; renters should consider purchasing flood insurance to protect their contents. For more information about flood insurance such as types of policies and coverage limits, contact your insurance provider.

 Avoid walking on sand dunes. Use beach crossovers and boardwalks. Keeping Galveston’s beaches in their natural state helps protect against increased erosion. Also, observe waterfront wildlife from a distance. The island is home to a variety of native plant and animal habitats that must be protected in order to thrive.

 Keep trash out of ditches, and avoid dumping pollutants in the sewers. Stream dumping is a violation of the Chapter 14 ordinance that prohibits dumping or discharging of any pollutant into the storm drainage system. Homeowners with overgrown ditches should contact the City for assistance in maintaining their drainage easements. Report debris and

stream dumping to the Public Works Division by calling 409-797-3630.

 Build responsibly. Contact the Building Division for advice before you construct or place anything in the floodplain. Any development in the floodplain without a permit is illegal, and such activity should be reported to the Building Division. Hire only contractors that are licensed with the city to ensure the proper regulations are followed. The City adopted new flood maps on August 15th so be sure to contact the City if you have any questions on the requirements in your area. Citizens can contact the Building Division to obtain flood-related information such as Flood Insurance Rate Map flood zone determinations, mandatory flood insurance purchase requirements, floodplain development regulations, coastal erosion areas, permit information, copies of elevation certificates, and site-specific data such as areas predicted to flood in the future because of sea-level rise, historical flood information, and areas of natural floodplain functions. Copies of such documents are located at 823 Rosenberg and are available upon request.

 Protect your home. Consider some permanent flood protection measures such as marking your fuse or breaker box to show the circuits to the floodable areas. Protect your home’s foundation from flooding by making sure your downspouts drain away from your house. City staff can provide advice on how to correct drainage issues, information on grant

opportunities to elevate your home, and other flood protection assistance including sources for financial assistance. Call 409-797-3620 for more information or to request one-on-one site visits.

 Follow evacuation orders from emergency personnel. Evacuation maps are on the City’s website at Prepare a family evacuation plan and designate a place where your family can meet after an evacuation order is issued. Make an emergency supply kit for your home. The Galveston Office of

Emergency Management developed an Emergency Operations Plan to prepare for a variety of weather disasters. Register your cell phone number into the City’s One Call Reaches All Emergency Notification System (sign up at and follow the City of Galveston on Facebook to see all

watches, warnings, and other weather-related information issued by the National Weather Service. Review the Hurricane Preparedness Guide on the City’s website to know the post-storm re-entry procedures and other valuable advice for before, during, and after a major flooding event.

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