What to expect in your neighborhood when it rains
What You Can Do (Flood Control)
Did you know that in very heavy rains, some water standing in streets or swales is part of the flood control design plan and is expected? Your neighborhood lake's water level may seem to rise alarmingly, but that's not likely to last. If the system in your neighborhood is working properly, levels will return to normal soon after the rain has stopped. A heavier, more widespread and longer-lasting storm will require more time for local, secondary and regional systems to absorb the excess water. Because these flood control systems are connected, what's happening upstream or downstream from your neighborhood also has an impact.
You can help these systems work efficiently. Make sure the drainage grates and other parts of your neighborhood drainage system are clear of debris. Grass clippings and fallen leaves can quickly slow drainage in your neighborhood.
For resources to help you prepare for flooding, see the list below.
Prepare for Flooding
- [INFOGRAPHIC] Rain Drain: What to expect in your neighborhood when it rains [PDF]
- Managing Flood Water: Before and After the Storm [PDF]
- Managing Flood Water: Before and After the Storm – Presentation [PDF]
- Keeping Canals Clear [PDF]
- Stormwise Landscapes [PDF]
- Managing Every Drop [PDF]
- Administrando Cada Gota [PDF]
- FAQs: What to Expect in the Rainy Season [PDF]
- Palm Beach County Hurricane Guide [PDF]
Map: Water Control Districts
Local canal systems in South Florida are maintained and operated by cities, counties and water control districts – also known as 298 districts for the chapter of Florida Statutes that outlines their responsibilities. These canal systems receive water from neighborhoods and store excess water or move it to the regional flood control system managed by the South Florida Water Management District.
More than 100 water control districts operate within the SFWMD's 16-county region. To see whether or not you live in a water control district, type your address into the search bar on the map below. If you do live in a water control district, the map will appear in a shaded color. Click anywhere in the shaded portion for your district's contact information and more details.