You can protect a structure from flood damage by guarding it with a small flood wall or earthen berm. Another approach is to make your walls waterproof and place watertight closures over the doorways. A third approach is to raise the house above flood levels.
Many houses also have sewers that back up during heavy rains. A plug or standpipe can prevent this if the water doesn’t get deeper than 2 feet. Talk to a plumber about overhead sewers or a backup valve for deeper sewer backup flooding.
Drainage maintenance is everyone’s responsibility to ensure we are protecting our community from the flood damages. Dumping in ditches and streams is a violation of City Code of Ordinances Part II, Chapter 6
(Drainage, Soil Erosion, Sedimentation and Pollution Control). Here is what you can do to help:
- Do not dump or throw anything into ditches or streams as this can plug the channels that carry water away. Any amount of debris can contribute to flooding.
- If your property is next to a ditch or stream, keep the banks clear of brush and debris.
- If you see someone dumping into a ditch or stream, contact Hinesville Code Enforcement at (912) 876-4147.
- Report any blockages such as downed trees you may see in a ditch or stream to Public Works.
- Always check with the Inspections Department before you build, alter, regrade, or fill on your property. A permit may be needed to ensure that projects do not cause problems and contributed to flooding.
Learn more about flood-proofing, flood insurance, the local flood warning system, and flood safety.