Property Protection and Drainage Maintenance

You can protect a structure from flood damage by regarding your lot or building a small floodwall 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 higher than 2 feet deep. 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 all protecting our community from the damages of flooding. Dumping in our ditches and streams is a violation of City Code of Ordinances Part II, Section 6-61 (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, then contact Hinesville Code Enforcement at (912) 876-4147. Also, report any blockages such as downed trees you may see in a ditch or stream
  • Always check with the Department of Inspections 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 floodproofing, flood insurance, the local flood warning system, and flood safety from the City of Hinesville Department of Inspections webpage