In Pinellas County, flooding and other drainage problems can result after several inches of rain in a short period of time or after several days of continued rain. Over the past 20 years, our community has experienced numerous rainfall events causing flood damage. Hurricanes, tropical storms and other threatening weather can present flood hazards to residents due to high tides, storm surges caused by winds, and heavy rainfall.
If you are looking at buying a property, it is a good idea to check out the possible flood hazards before you buy. Most homeowners insurances do not cover flood damage. Talk to your insurance provider about your policy and consider if you need additional coverage.
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) helps provide a means for property owners to financially protect themselves if additional coverage is required. The NFIP offers flood insurance to homeowners, renters, and business owners if their community participates in the NFIP. Unincorporated Pinellas County participates in the NFIP. To find out your flood risk, estimate your premium and learn more about the NFIP visit www.FloodSmart.gov .
Get more information on the following topics:
- Building Smart: Constructing or improving your home? Find out what permits are required, learn how to build responsibly and protect your home.
- Flood Insurance: Find out if you should or are required to get flood insurance.
- Floodplain Protection: Floodplain management is the operation of a community program of corrective and preventative measures for reducing flood damage. These measures take a variety of forms and generally include requirements for zoning, subdivision or building and special-purpose floodplain ordinances.
- Maps: Interactive maps, including FEMA flood zones, hurricane evacuation zones, storm surge, etc.
- Warning System / Notification Options/ Safety:
What warnings to expect and how to prepare.
- Community Rating System
- Elevation Certificates
- Flood Information Guide
- For Realtors - Know the Flood Risk
- Make a Difference - Only Rain Down the Drain
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