Facts on Flooding

“Monroe County is constantly working to promote safety and develop solutions to reduce the impact of flooding in your area.” ~ Monroe County Commissioner David Rice

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The Sunshine State isn’t always sunny. When it rains in Florida, it pours. Due to the low-lying elevations of the Florida Keys, residents need to be aware of potential flooding that may occur. Heavy rains, tropical storms and hurricanes have all affected Florida in the recent years. 

All of Monroe County is identified as a coastal floodplain and may be subject to flooding.

PREPARE FOR FLOODING

  • Get a plan! To learn what to include in your plan, go to: https://apps.floridadisaster.org/getaplan/
  • Know how to shut off the electricity and gas to your house prior to a flood.
  • Make a list of emergency numbers and identify a safe place to go in case of a flood.

INSURE YOUR PROPERTY

  • Homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover damage from floods.
  • Call your insurance agent to discuss your flood insurance coverage. Visit www.floodsmart.gov or call (888) 379-9531 to find out more about who writes flood insurance policies in your area.

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CONSIDER PERMANENT PROTECTION MEASURES

PROTECT THE NATURAL FLOODPLAIN FUNCTIONS

Before buying a property, be sure to check with the floodplain official for the permitting history. Once you purchase a property, you may be required, at your own expense, to make alterations to a property that did not obtain the proper permits.

KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY

  • Elevate your home or place of business above flood levels
  • Place your mechanical equipment above flood levels
  • Install flood openings to equalize the pressure of flood waters
  • Remove furniture and valuables from lower enclosures
  • Always check with the floodplain official before planning a construction project
  • Hire only licensed and insured contractors
  • Check with the floodplain official for the permitting history. Once you purchase a property, you may be required, at your own expense, to make alterations to a property that did not obtain the proper permits.

For advice on ways to protect your property from flooding, contact: 

Mark Boone; 305-289-2505; Email: Flood@MonroeCounty-Fl.Gov

PROTECT THE NATURAL FLOODPLAIN FUNCTIONS

Undisturbed natural areas act as natural retention of flood waters, improving water quality and providing refuge for endangered species. Please help keep these areas natural and beautiful by reporting any illegal dumping or clearing: www.monroecounty-fl.gov/dumping

STAY INFORMED

  • Know your flood zone by visiting: https://msc.fema.gov/portal/home
  • Know your evacuation zone at: www.monroecountyem.com/evacuation
  • Sign up for Alert!Monroe at: www.monroecountyem.com
  • Download the NOAA Extreme Weather Information Sheet at www.ncddc.noaa.gov/NEWIS
  • Follow the National Weather Service Key West on Facebook, Twitter & YouTube
  • Call the Monroe County Emergency Information Hotline: 800-955-5504
  • Download the free Hurricane Red Cross app from the Apple Store or the Google Play Store
  • Watch Monroe County TV on Channel 76 for Comcast and on Channel 99 for AT&T U-Verse

LEARN THE WARNING TERMS

Tropical Storm Watch: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified coastal area within 48 hours

Tropical Storm Warning: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected within the specified coastal area within 36 hours

Hurricane Watch: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible somewhere within the specified coastal area

Hurricane Warning: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area