Flood Damage Mitigation

What is Mitigation?

Mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters.

Build Responsibly

permit app picBuild/remodel responsibly with the approval of the City of Nassau Bay Building Department  to reduce disastrous consequences later. Obtain a permit before and verify that your contractor is licensed and registered with the City. Permit applications may be submitted to NB.Permits@nassaubay.com 

Be Proactive

  • If your property is next to a ditch or stream, please keep the bank clear of brush and debris. The City can assist in removing debris and blockages, such as downed trees. Please contact Nassau Bay City Hall at 281-333-4211 for assistance.
  • Do not dump or throw anything into the street or storm drains. A clogged storm drain cannot carry water, resulting in backup and flooding. Every piece of trash contributes to flooding. Even grass clippings, leaves and branches can accumulate and clog storm drains.

Be Creative

  • Plant trees. Trees provide a canopy to act as shock absorbers and help slow the rate of erosion.
  • Plant a rain garden. Rain gardens are designed in a low section of property where rain pools. Creating a garden of native plants helps to absorb the rainwater, reducing the erosion and enhancing the landscape.
  • Install a rain barrel. Rain barrels are designed to capture and store rainwater by utilizing a surface, such as a roof – to collect rain as it falls. The water then falls into the gutter which is channeled directly into the rain barrel. Rain barrels benefit the community by:
    • Reducing the impact of soil erosion due to rainwater flow from the roof gutters.
    • Protecting our municipality water supply as it decreases storm runoff and the level of pollution flowing into local watersheds.
    • Improving the growth and vitality of our trees and gardens.
    • Saving money by providing a method of storing water to be used later for lawn and garden maintenance.

FEMA provides additional tips regarding flood damage mitigation.