Rather than wait for a flood to occur, you can act now to protect your property from flood damage. Various retrofitting techniques are available to help minimize flooding such as elevating the building, constructing barriers out of fill or concrete, and flood-proofing to make the building watertight. Because of Bevil Oaks’ susceptibility to hurricanes and other tropical storms, measures that protect against high winds such as storm shutters or reinforced garage doors, should also be considered.
Citizens can obtain information on flood protection assistance from the Floodplain Administrator. Flood protection assistance may include site-specific flood and flood related data, data on historical flooding in the neighborhood, and sources for financial assistance such as those listed here. (Download at bottom of page) There are several publications on retrofitting available at the public library in Beaumont that can help you decide which technique is best for you and your property. You can also download the Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting: Six Ways to Protect Your Home from Flooding (FEMA P-312) from the FEMA online library at https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/480 for information on permanent retrofitting measures for your home. These additional resources are available from the FEMA website:
Protecting the drainage system is just as important as protecting your property. Jefferson County Precinct #1 works hard to clean and maintain the city’s drainage ways and small ditches. Citizens should do their part in keeping inlets and drains free from debris and trash that may otherwise back up the system and drain neighboring properties. If you suspect a drain or ditch near you needs to be cleaned out, go to the City’s website (https://cityofbeviloaks.com/roads-%26-drainage) and fill out a work request form and someone from Jefferson County Precinct #1 will follow up with you.