Flood and Stormwater Information

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An Overview of FEMA and Floodplain Management

FEMA and National Flood Insurance Prgrm Logo(s) - StackedIn 1968, the United States Congress established the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to, among other things, assist communities with the implementation of floodplain management measures to reduce the risk of flooding. FEMA is responsible for preparing Flood Insurance Rate Maps that show the flood zone areas for each community, including the City of Weston. 

The 100-year flood is the national standard upon which flood insurance requirements are based. While your property may no longer be in a flood zone since the most recent update to the zone maps in 2014, the City urges all property owners and renters to purchase flood insurance to protect against the devastating loss that rising waters can cause. Even if flood insurance is not federally required, anyone can be financially vulnerable to floods. Nearly 25% of all National Flood Insurance Program flood insurance claims  are filed by those that live outside of the high-risk zones and receive one-third of Federal Disaster Assistance for flooding according to FloodSmart.gov.


Flooding on Public Streets

To report flooding on public streets and right-of-ways, send an email to our Public Works staff or call the Public Works Department at 954-385-2600.


Flooding within Community Association Maintained Properties

Roadways (and their drainage systems) within private communities are owned and maintained by the community’s maintenance association, not the City of Weston.  Response to, and mitigation of, flooding that occurs within these private communities is the responsibility of the community’s management company or Homeowner's Association.

In the event that flooding is so severe that a structure may be compromised, property owners may call the City’s Department of Public Works at 954-385-2600.  Public Works staff will investigate the situation and determine if the cause of the flooding is the community’s drainage system or the City’s storm water management system, and take the appropriate action, if any is needed.  The City does not perform work on privately-owned drainage systems.

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FAQs

  • Do City of Weston residents get any discounts on flood insurance policies?
  • Do I need flood insurance for my property?
  • Doesn’t my Homeowner’s Insurance policy cover flooding?
  • How is flooding prevented during the rainy season?
  • How is street flooding prevented?
  • I need a letter for my insurance, showing that I live in a flood zone, who can I get this from?
  • My insurance company is requesting a flood zone determination letter, who do I talk to about this?
  • My property is in the Special Flood Hazard Area, but my structure was built higher than the base flood elevation. How do I get it removed on the Special Flood Hazard Area on the map?
  • What does it mean if I am in the Special Flood Hazard Area?
  • What FEMA flood zone is my property located in?
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