Flood Hazards

Posted by Lori Keroack on Friday, May 3rd, 2019 at 3:44pm.


The most common natural disaster in the United States is flooding.  A flood can occur in any of the 50 US states and the Sunshine State is no exception.  Floods can occur anywhere there is water.  Palm Beach County is especially susceptible to flooding due tropical storms, hurricanes, and torrential rain.  Palm Beach County has a very sophisticated hazard warning system.  The Division of Emergency Management closely monitors dangerous situations.   When flood warnings are issued, the Emergency Alert System is used to get the message out to the public.  Secondly, the mass notification system which includes calling, texting, and emailing is implemented.  Click AlertPBC to opt in to receive notifications from Palm Beach County's Emergency Notification System.  If needed, sirens and loudspeakers on emergency vehicles will be used to provide evacuation orders.  Evacuation routes in Palm Beach County typically include US1, I-95, and the Turnpike.  

Most years, at least one hurricane makes landfall in the United States, however, the average is six hurricanes per season.  As hurricanes weaken to tropical storms and move across the inland, large areas receive torrential rainfall increasing the risk of flooding.  Palm Beach County residents can visit Flood Information to learn more about flood threats in Palm Beach County.  Click Flood Zones to to use the interactive map and enter your address to get flood information for your address.  You can also click here  to see the recently revised FEMA Flood Zones Palm Beach County map.  Lastly, you can contact Palm Beach County for more information.  Call 561-233-5374 or email floodzone@pbcgov.org Department of Public Safety.  When contacting Palm Beach County for Flood Zone Information, you will need to provide the property owners name, property address, and property control number (PCN) as well as your name and contact information.  The PCN can be found on the tax bill.  All property owners are encouraged to review the current Flood Zone maps because it is important to understand your flood risk so that you can properly protect your property. 

Flood maps are used for floodplain management, flood insurance rating, and to determine flood insurance requirements.  Just one inch of water can cause in excess of $10,000 of water damage.  Flood insurance is mandatory if your property is located in a Special Flood Hazard area, you have a federally backed mortgage on a business in a high risk area, you have received a federal grant for previous flood losses and you wish to remain qualified for future aid if needed.  Most homeowner's insurance policies do no cover flood damage so a special flood insurance policy may be needed.  Keep in mind that flood insurance policies may take 30 days to go into effect.  Contact your insurance agent or company for advice on getting a flood insurance policy that fits your specific situation.








Lori Keroack is the Business Office Manager of Mizner Residential Realty. Lori recently moved to Delray Beach from Connecticut. She is enjoying learning about her new home town and the surrounding areas by researching and blogging about various topics that are relevant to the area.

- Lori Keroack, Business Office Manager - Mizner Residential Realty

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