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Flood Prevention

Communities- protect yourselves against flooding!

Communities, large and small, have the ability to take measures to protect water quality and regulate the activities that contribute to flooding. Some of these measures are:
• Shoreline vegetation cover restrictions
• Floodplain regulations
• Stormwater control ordinances
• Building and septic field setbacks
• Impervious surface restrictions

Zoning ordinances are among the most effective flood prevention measures. Communities concerned about preventing increased flooding and protecting floodplains should consider ordinances that:
• Prohibit construction of buildings and facilities subject to floodplain water damage
• Require flood-proofing for existing buildings
• Remove flood-prone structures
• Establish construction standards for floodplain development
• Protect natural vegetative cover
• Require tree and shrub planting to prevent erosion
• Restrict dredging, filling, dumping, and/or backfilling
• Avoid land divisions that create parcels or lots that cannot be used
• Require flood insurance under the National Flood Insurance program
• Create an overlay zone within prescribed setbacks to regulate development
and floodplain use based on the severity of the flooding hazard
• Require permits to be secured from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment before granting approval for any floodplain development activity




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