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Flood Warning Notices
Assessing Your Flood Risk
Do-It-Yourself Assessment Tool
Emergency Evacuation Bus Pick-Up Site
There are things you can do to minimize or eliminate property damage before a flood event occurs. Grading your property, elevating and securing electrical appliances, placing all low-lying electrical fixtures on separate electrical circuits, and using flood-resistant materials on exterior surfaces are some ways you can help yourself.
Under emergency conditions, sandbags can be used to shore structures, and elevating or covering furniture and valuables can help minimize damage.
Buildings can also be permanently retrofitted for better flood protection! The entire building can be elevated, floodproofing materials can be permanently affixed to the structure, or you can add a second story to the building, and use the bottom story for parking, access and storage.
To reduce street flooding, the City of Miami Gardens's Stormwater Utility is in the process of identifying, prioritizing and implementing local drainage projects throughout the City.
Please call (305) 622-8000 ext. 2648 to report any unusual flooding in your area.
All new construction in the City of Miami Gardens requires the issuance of building permits prior to construction.
Permits are obtained after submittal and approval of building plans. An important part of this review process is the requirement that structures be built high enough and use proper design techniques to protect against flood damage.
If you plan to construct an addition to your house, to build a new house, to fill a property, or for any development, call the City of Miami Garden's Building Department, located at 1515 NW 167 Street. Their telephone number is (305) 622-8000. They can assist you if obtaining information on how to submit the necessary permits.
If you see construction occurring without the proper permits, please call Code Enforcement Office, at (305) 622-8020, to report these activities. Remember, buildings constructed improperly can be dangerous to the whole neighborhood!
Did you know that it is Illegal to throw anything - anything at all! -into the rivers, canals, lakes, bay, the ocean or other waters in the City of Miami Gardens? Do you know that nothing but rainwater is allowed to drain into the storm drains located in streets, curbs, and right-of-ways? Help us keep the waters and streets of the City clean! If you witness dumping of any liquid or materials into storm drains or waters in the City, please call DERM's 24-hour telephone number, at (305) 372-6955, or Crime Stoppers at (305) 471 -TIPS, to report these activities.
When severe flooding threatens your area, there are things you can do to protect your family and property. Here are some actions you can take:
- Do not walk or drive through standing or flowing water. There might be sinkholes or live electrical wires.
- Avoid power lines that have fallen.
- Turn off the power in your house, including gas tanks.
- Watch your step in damaged areas. Slip and fall accidents are a leading cause of injuries after a disaster occurs.
- Use caution when approaching animals after a disaster. Even domesticated animals can react to stress by biting.
- Do not smoke or use open flames in your house until you are sure no gas leaks exist.
- Even if you plan to stay home, have an evacuation kit ready just in case.
- If you have to leave your house, let out of town relatives know where you are going.
The National Weather Service and NOAA continually monitor local weather conditions. If major flooding is anticipated within the City, NOAA will broadcast notices like Flood Warning, Urban Flood Advisory or Flash Flood Warning Notices. These notices will be broadcast through television and radio stations such as TV channels 4, 7 and 10, and radio stations such as WIOD (610 AM) and Big 105.9 (FM). These notices are intended to help residents prepare for the possibility of severe flooding in the neighborhood. The City recommends that residents and businesses tune in to these broadcasts to prepare for flooding when it occurs.
Warning times for these events may be as long as five days for hurricanes, down to one to two hours notice for flash floods and urban advisories. The key is to keep aware of these notices when watching, listening to or reading the various media sources.
There are several ways of assessing your flood risk. If your lender requires you to have flood insurance, you can be certain you live in a high flood risk area. These areas are known as "Special Flood Hazard Areas."
A second way of assessing your risk is to refer to a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) to determine the flood zone designation for the area in where your property is. FIRM maps are available for public viewing at the City's Main Library or you may call the City's Floodplain Manager at (305) 622-8000 ext. 2648 to assist you in determining your flood zone. Zones designated as "A" or "V" are defined as higher risk areas; however, even lower risk may still be subject to flooding (flood zone designations, along with explanations, can be found in the "Do-It-Yourself" Assessment Tools section).
You can also check your elevation certificate for your property. This document will tell you the elevation of the lowest level of your structure relative to the base flood elevation.
As a convenience to users of this site, we have included access a "Do-It-Yourself" tool which provides quick, unofficial, and reasonably accurate determinations of inland flooding. Users are cautioned to use official information sources; call the City's Floodplain Manager @ 305-622-8000 ext. 2648 when important decisions are required.
The tool is the City of Miami Gardens Flood Insurance Rate Map.