For the majority of the County, the primary causes of flooding are tropical systems and afternoon thunderstorms, which generally occur from June to November. Certain areas of Volusia County are low-lying and subject to flooding from rising water. Specific areas include the Northern Peninsula, property adjacent to the St. John's and Halifax Rivers, the Stone Island area, and southeast portions of the County Including Edgewater, New Smyrna Beach, and Oak Hill. Storm water runoff occurs in many locations and may cause flooding. This problem has recently become more critical because of development in areas subject to urban flooding. Many homeowners and business do not carry flood insurance, which can result in high uninsured losses.
The flood warning system
Residents should be aware that Volusia County has a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan that includes a variety of warning systems, described below, to provide citizens with up-to-the-minute information on impending storms or flood threats.
Volusia County Emergency Operations Center
The Volusia County EOC works with our cities, towns, the National Weather Service, the National Hurricane Center, and the State Department of Emergency Management to monitor flood and storm threats and to advise the community accordingly. Warning systems include a community-wide emergency telephone notification system, Brighthouse cable override, Doppler radar, and the Emergency Activation System.
Tune to the following stations for up-to-date weather information when inclement weather threatens:
|AM/FM Radio Stations||Television||NOAA Weather Radio|
|WNDB 1150 AM WNDA 1490 AM||WCEU-TV 15||162.475 MHz|
|WHOG 95.7 FM WMFE 90.7 FM||WFTV 9|
Flood Safety Measures
Do not walk through flowing water. Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths. Currents can be deceptive; six inches of running water can sweep you off your feet.
Do not drive through flooded areas. More people drown in their cars than anywhere else. Two feet of water is enough to float an automobile – even a bus.
Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. The number-two killer after floods is electrocution. Electric current can, and does, travel through water. Report downed power lines to your electric utility.
For most people, their home and its contents represent their single greatest investment. Property losses due to flooding are not covered under most standard homeowners' insurance policies. You can protect your home and its contents with a Flood Insurance Policy from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
To find out more about flood insurance for your property and its contents, contact your insurance agent. There is a 30 day waiting period before a flood insurance policy takes affect, so don't wait until the storm threatens before you obtain the flood insurance you need.
Drainage System Maintenance
Grass clippings, tree limbs, soil erosion, overgrown vegetation and other debris adversely impact the carrying and storage capacity of drainage systems. Flooding occurs more frequently and reaches higher elevations, subjecting property to more flood risk, when drainage systems are clogged. Keep grass clippings and other debris out of stormwater drainage systems to prevent loss of stormwater storage and carrying capacity. Per County ordinance, it is illegal to dump trash, debris, and hazardous chemicals (such as used oil) into drainage ways.
Some storm drains empty directly into the Halifax and St. Johns rivers. These drains are marked with a metal disk:
If you experience localized drainage problems notify your Public Works Department so that the problem can be corrected. Phone numbers for Public Works Departments can be found in the Blue Pages of this directory.
For further information
If you would like further information on flood insurance, FIRM maps, building protection, documentation on community floodplain management or flood hazard mitigation, contact:
Volusia County Emergency Management Division
49 Keyton Drive
Daytona Beach, Fl 32124
visit our website : http://www.volusia.org/emergency/flood.htm
Volusia County Disaster Preparedness Guide - http://www.volusia.org/storm/
You can also visit the Flood Smart website for more information : http://www.floodsmart.gov