City of Covington Flood Information
(The links on this page will be checked monthly)
FloodSmart.gov is a great resource for many questions about flooding and flood insurance. You can visit the site at FloodSmart.com
Know Your Flood Hazard
All properties are technically within a flood hazard area,
but some areas pose more risk than others. It is important to understand if
your property is in a flood hazard area which may require you to purchase flood
insurance (some property owners may want to consider flood insurance even if it
is not required). You can identify which flood hazard area(s) your property is
within by visiting FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center FEMA.GOV or by
visiting the GIS Department.
For an explanation of the different flood hazard area
designations, please visit http://www.fema.gov/floodplain- management/flood-zones.
How to Insure Your Property for Flood Hazards
Standards homeowners insurance typically does not cover
flooding. The City of Covington participates on the National Flood Insurance
Program (NFIP), which can help property owners find flood insurance. Flood
insurance may also be available for renters. For more information on obtaining
flood insurance, please visit http://www.fema.gov/information- property-owners.
How to Protect Yourself from Flood Hazards
It is important to know what to do in the event a flood
occurs. Please refer to the information below for information which may help
Remember that a flood watch means that flooding is possible
but not imminent. A flood warning means that flooding is already occurring or
will occur soon.
BEFORE THE STORM
· Monitor your local news and NOAA Weather Radio, or visit the
National Weather Service’s Web site at www.nws.noaa.gov for the
latest weather information. Battery powered weather radios are available at
most stores that sell electronic equipment.
Move to higher ground, away from creeks, streams, rivers and
storm drains. Flash floods can sweep over an area without warning, and you may
only have minutes to get to safety.
Listen for distant thunder because water from faraway storms
may be headed your way. Be aware that flash flooding can occur up to 12 hours
after heavy rains.
Learn the safest route from your home or place of business
to a safe area away from high winds or flooding. Keep your vehicle fueled and
have an updated local map in your car.
Move livestock and animals to higher ground; bring pets
Store extra drinking water. Fill up clean plastic bottles
with clean water if you live in a flood-prone area.
Move your valuables and furniture to higher floors of your
Check your gutters to make sure they are clear of leaves and
Check your family emergency kit to be sure it is stocked
with essential supplies to last a minimum of three days. Include items like
flashlights and batteries, battery-operated radio, weather radio, water, canned
food and manual can opener, first aid supplies and medications. Make an
emergency kit with supplies for your pet, as well.
Review your family emergency and communications plan. Decide
on a meeting place away from home where you and your family will gather if you
need to leave your home and family members become separated.
DURING THE STORM
· Know how to get emergency information for your area.
· Keep your battery-operated radio tuned to a local station, and
follow all instructions. If you are told to evacuate, move out of the house or
building to safe, high ground before access is cut off by floodwater.
· Never walk or swim through swiftly moving water. Avoid
already-flooded areas. Floodwaters that are above your knees are dangerous.
Turn around and go back to higher ground.
· Never try to cross standing or moving water in a vehicle. Water
that is two feet deep can carry away most cars, including SUVs. If you find
floodwaters on the road, turn around and find an alternate route.
· Abandon your vehicle immediately if it becomes surrounded with
water or the engine stalls. Seek higher ground immediately.
AFTER THE STORM
· When it is safe to return to your home, be sure that the structure
is not visibly damaged and in danger of collapsing before entering.
· Do not use electrical appliances that have been wet. Do not turn
on damaged electrical appliances because of the hazards of electric shock or
· Watch for live electrical wires. Be sure the electrical current is
turned off and do not attempt to turn on any electrically-operated light or
appliance until an electrician has checked your system.
Protect Your Property from Flood Hazards
electrical panel boxes, furnaces, water heaters, and washer/dryers (or relocate
to a location less likely to be flooded).
· Install sewer
· Move furniture,
TV, and other valuables to the upper floors of your home.
· One way to keep
water away is to regrade your lot, build a small floodwall or earthen berm, or
sandbag. Another practical step is to raise the house above the flood levels.
You may find more suggested ways to safeguard your property against floods at
local libraries, or visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency website.
How To Build Responsibly
Almost all structures (homes, garages, barns, etc.) require
one or more permits from the City of Covington’s Planning & Zoning
Department. Please call 770-385-2020 to speak with staff members who can help
determine what permits, documentation and fees your project might require.
Staff will check to ensure all applicable zoning and
development standards are being met. It is important to note that building in
the floodplain is allowed only when the structure is flood proofed. A one-foot
increase in flood elevation as a result of construction/development is allowed
in “A” and “AE” zones, but no rise in elevation is allowed in the floodway.
How To Protect Natural Floodplain Functions
Illicit Discharge is a term used to describe any situation
where anything other than stormwater, waters used for firefighting operations
or discharges allowed by a obtaining the proper permit is allowed to enter the
storm water sewer system. This includes dumping any waste into storm drains.
More information can be found at http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/discharges.cfm.
When construction is taking place, erosion and sedimentation
controls must be put into place to ensure dirt does not leave the property and
enter the street, the storm water system and/or nearby bodies of water. These
controls can include silt fence, temporary vegetation and sedimentation traps.
More information can be found at http://gaswcc.georgia.gov/.
If you have questions about these topics, or if you want to
report potential violations, please contact the City of Covington at 770-385-2187 .