DRAINAGE SYSTEM MAINTENANCE:
Besides flood insurance, you should protect your structure by ordinary preventive measures. For example, do not sweep or blow yard clippings or soil into the street or storm water system. This clogs up the pipes and prevents water from draining. If this happens, flooding occurs more frequently and reaches higher elevations, subjecting properties otherwise protected to unnecessary risk of damage. To request maintenance of drainage facilities or to report illegal dumping into the canals, storm drainage system, please contact the Right-of-Way Division of Public Works at 941-575-5050.
NATURAL AND BENEFICIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE FLOODPLAIN:
Floodplain's in their natural state provide several beneficial functions. They can spread flood waters over a large area thus reducing the velocity of the water; they act as a buffer between the flood waters and developed areas to reduce potential damage to buildings; they can improve water quality by filtering water before it reaches our underground water supply; and the can provide habitat for flora and fauna.
MAP DETERMINATIONS & ELEVATION CERTIFICATE:
If an elevation certificate is on file you may search for it under “Public Records” if no results are found it indicates that on is not on file with the City of Punta Gorda. Requests for maps should be submitted to the City of Punta Gorda, Building Division, 326 W. Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, Florida, 33950 or call 941-575-3362 or email email@example.com
Upon request, a representative from the City of Punta Gorda will visit your property to review flooding problems and to explain possible ways to alleviate and prevent flood damage. Please call the City of Punta Gorda Building Division at 941-575-3362 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
PERMIT FOR FLOODPLAIN DEVELOPMENT
The City of Punta Gorda as a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program requires permit for floodplain development. All new construction of buildings and structures within the floodplain are required to meet specific criteria to minimize risk to flood events. If you would like additional information on permit requirements in the City of Punta Gorda please contact the Building Division at 941-575-3362 or email@example.com.
SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the requirements for new construction, there are requirements for substantial improvements to existing structures within the floodplain in Punta Gorda. Substantial improvements include any construction, rehabilitation, additions, repair of damaged buildings or other improvements to a building which equals or exceeds 50% of the assessed tax value of the structure before the improvement is started. If you would like additional information on substantial improvement requirements in the City of Punta Gorda please contact the Building Division at 941-575-3362 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like additional information on flooding, please visit the National Flood Insurance Program website: www.fllodsmart.gov; the Federal Emergency Management Agency, www.FEMA.gov; or contact the City of Punta Gorda Building Division at 941-575-3362 or
HURRICANE SEASON RUNS FROM JUNE 1st THROUGH NOVEMBER 30th ... ARE YOU READY?
The potential for a natural or man-made disaster is present at all times. The question is “Are You Ready?” how will you respond. The impact of a major emergency or disaster or even a lower impact disaster will likely cause a disruption in your life.
No one wants to think the worst or have to plan for the "WHAT IF's". "What if there were a hurricane, a flood, what would I do? ”What if my family has to evacuate? Is my family prepared?" These are questions we all ask ourselves.
Floods, hurricanes, wild fires, tornadoes, technological hazards or some other types of disasters than we could hardly imagine can be a real possibility.
For your family’s safety be aware of all the possible types of emergency situations that can result so that you can be as informed as possible. This is all very scary, but being prepared as much as possible ahead of time is vital to your family’s welfare.