Property Protection Measures

There are many ways to reduce potential property damage from flooding. Some things to consider include:

  • Maintain the swale areas. Grass should be kept low and only sod should be planted in the swales. This helps to keep the access water flowing into the storm drains. 
  • Repave driveways to conform to swale regulations.
  • Keep storm drains clear of debris so that water can flow without obstruction.
  • Elevate electric panel boxes, water heaters, washer/dryers and other types of electrical equipment or appliances above floor level.
  • Reduce the impact of flooding by retrofitting your structure. You can pick up a copy of “Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting,” as well as other helpful FEMA brochures, at the Town Hall. For additional information go

Different measures are appropriate for different flood hazards, building types and building conditions. Contact the Town’s Building Official to obtain additional information on how to protect your property from floods. We can also make a site visit to your property to offer individual advice on how to protect your property. While we cannot give you detailed construction specifications, we can provide recommendations that can help you protect your property before a flood occurs.