Fresh Water Flooding

Flooding in Florida

Anywhere it rains, it can flood. A flood is a general and temporary condition where two or more acres of normally dry land or two or more properties are inundated by water or mudflow. Many conditions can result in a flood: hurricanes , over-topped levees, outdated or clogged drainage systems and rapid accumulation of rainfall

Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past doesn't mean you won't in the future. Flood risk isn't just based on history, it's also based on a number of factors: rainfall, river-flow and tidal-surge data, topography, flood-control measures and changes due to building and development.

1927 Archival Photography by Steve Nicklas, NOS, NGS Courtesy of NOAA

Flooding in 1927

Although Pasco County has a flood mitigation program, which includes elevation requirements and storm water runoff systems; flooding, such as drought, is a natural event, part of the normal water cycle.