My neighborhood floods during major storms. What are ways to prevent flooding?

The Town of Bluffton has jurisdiction over pollutants in Town neighborhoods, not flooding. Flooding is an issue which your Property Owners Association (POA) must address for many times, this is a result of the neighborhood’s infrastructure. However, there are tasks which residents and POAs can do to reduce the possibility of flooding. For one, please educate your neighbors to NEVER blow or put lawn debris and/or garbage of any kind in the storm drains. Pipes, ditches and storm drains are a part of the stormwater infrastructure and each one needs to be inspected and possibly cleaned out before Hurricane season. Any obstruction can cause a domino effect of flooding and that could result in damage to your house, your street or your property. Every resident is encouraged to help in this effort and ensure any ditch, pipe or drain near his or her property is clear of any obstruction.

Town employees inspect and clean out stormwater ditches which reside on Town or public property.  However, numerous stormwater ditches are located on private property or in the jurisdiction of state or county roads. To ensure stormwater is able to flow unimpeded through the town’s infrastructure, all stormwater ditches need to be maintained and regularly cleaned, especially prior to a storm. This ensures a continuous flow of water and prevents clogged areas from flooding.

If you see a clogged drain, pipe or storm drain in your neighborhood, please notify your POA.

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1. Who has the authority to issue an evacuation order?
2. What local agency leads during hurricane season?
3. What if I need a shelter during a storm?
4. What if I need transportation to a shelter?
5. My neighborhood floods during major storms. What are ways to prevent flooding?
6. Why aren’t hurricane predictions more accurate?
7. What are the best sources of information during a storm?
8. What if I work in Georgia but live in Bluffton?
9. What if Beaufort County is being evacuated but the Savannah area is not?
10. Can I evacuate before an evacuation order?
11. What happens if I stay in town during a mandatory evacuation order?
12. What can I do to prepare for a storm?
13. What can my neighborhood or POA do to prepare for a hurricane?
14. How does the Town of Bluffton prepare for a hurricane?
15. How do local contractors prepare for a hurricane?