Is your property located in or near a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA)? Many buildings in SFHA areas have flooded several times experiencing what is commonly referred to as Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL). St. Tammany Parish is subject to riverine flooding, ponding as a result of heavy rainfall, and flooding from tropical storm surge. The Parish is concerned about repetitive flooding, and has an active program to help you protect yourself and your structure from future flooding.
Here are some things you can do:
|STAY ALERT! KNOW IF FLOODING IS POSSIBLE|
KNOW YOUR FLOOD HAZARD
Flooding in the parish is from four sources:
Contact the Parish Floodplain Administrator for flood zone, anticipated flood depth, flood history, or other flood related hazards, and if it is in a floodway or wetlandu can find out about your property:
Find your property on the Critical Drainage Areas Map. Areas in the parish that are most likely to flood are shown on the map as coastal inundation areas (red stripes), areas of special concern (pink), and critical drainage areas (blue).
The Parish is working on drainage projects. Click here to view a map. can find out about your property:
Please click on the below listed LINK FOR PARISH projects in st. tammany Parish THAT MAY BE BENEFICIAL TO DRAINAGE IN YOUR AREA.
|PROTECT YOUR PEOPLE (AND PETS)… BE PREPARED FOR A FLOOD AND OTHER NATURAL HAZARDS flooding:|
PROTECT YOUR PEOPLE... BE SAFE DURING A FLOOD
PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY… BY BUILDING RESPONSIBLY
PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY… BY GETTING FLOOD INSURANCE
Standard property insurance does not cover flood damage. A separate flood policy is required for damage caused by surface water flooding and is available to property owners and renters.
DO NOT WAIT for the next flood to get flood insurance. There is usually a 30-day waiting period before most flood policies go into effect.
· NFIP is available in St. Tammany; learn about the NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program) at floodsmart.gov
· Talk to an insurance agent; click here for a list of agents
· In St. Tammany, flooding usually causes more damage to a structure’s contents than to the structure. Be sure you have contents coverage.
· St. Tammany participates in FEMA’s CRS (Community Rating System) program which earns a discount – currently 15% – on all flood insurance policies.
PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY WITH GRANT ASSISSTANCE
Some flood protection measures are expensive. The Federal government, through the Parish, offers grants to mitigate flood risk to properties. This can include elevating the structure, or having the government acquire the property and either relocate or demolish the structure.
Grants are regularly available for repetitive loss properties. Sometimes there may be additional programs for other types of assistance.
· contact the Grants Department for information about financial assistance
The drainage system must be kept free of obstructions to reduce flood risk. It is illegal to obstruct any ditch or waterway STP Code (Sec. 28-1) Debris, leaves and even grass clippings may obstruct the flow of water and cause overflow onto streets and into yards.
Never dump chemicals – such as oil, paint, and pesticides – into storm drains or canals, as it destroys plants, endangers wildlife, and contaminates drinking water.
St. Tammany Parish Resources
· Citizens’ Emergency Preparedness & Safety Information Guide
· Substantial Improvement/Substantial Damage Policy & Documentation[MG2]
· Floodplain Management Regulations
o Project list
o Annual report
· Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Disasters
· Emergency Preparedness Guide
· Homeowner's Guide to Retrofitting: Six Ways to Protect Your Home From Flooding
· The Costs & Benefits of Building Higher
· Increased Cost of Compliance Coverage
· Flood Insurance Claims Handbook (en español)
· Answers to Questions about the NFIP
· Myths and Facts about the NFIP
· Preferred Risk Policies: A Small Investment Protects You from a Big Problem
· NFIP Federal Disaster Assistance: Meeting the Flood Insurance Requirement
· Starting Your Recovery After a Flood