Flooding Hazards



As a coastal community facing the reality of climate change, the term “sea-level rise” has become part of our vernacular. In the City of Miami Beach, we don’t just talk about flooding; we are actively seeking and implementing solutions that address both immediate flooding concerns and long-term mitigation of rising tides.

As our investments in infrastructure start to bear fruit with better drainage and reduced risk, we still face projected increases in sea-level rise. There are certain things you can do to be prepared for floods.

 Know your flood risk

Many areas within the City of Miami Beach are considered moderate to high flood risk, according to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). You can find out the risk level of your property by logging on to www.floodsmart.gov

 Have a plan, establish a meeting place

Check out the pages in this guide for information on how to make an emergency plan for your household or your business. Much of the planning that goes into preparing for a storm can be applied to flooding and other hazards. The most important thing to remember is to communicate with all members of your household or business so that, should you be separated and cannot return to the property because of flooding, you have already established a place to meet.

FLOOD WATCH means that flooding is possible in a specified area.

FLOOD WARNING means that flooding is occurring or is likely to occur.

Basic Safety Tips

  • A flooded street is not a play area! Keep children away from standing water. Standing water can be deceptive. It could be deeper than it appears and, if water has been standing for several days, walking through it could be a health risk. It is a breeding ground for mosquitos and could also harbor disease.
  • Know the safest route out of the area. If flash flood warnings are issued, the City will send out notifications through various methods, including social media and text messages (see registration information page X). Follow all safety instructions.
  • Electricity and water do not mix. Turn off utilities at main switches and disconnect electrical appliances if instructed to do so. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. Downed power lines could be under water in a flooded section.
  • After waters recede, clean and disinfect everything that got wet.