When you receive a flood warning:
- If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
- Move to a safe area before access is cut off by flood water.
- Continue monitoring NOAA Weather Radio, television or emergency broadcast station for information.
During the flood:
- Avoid areas subject to sudden flooding.
- If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way.
- Do not attempt to drive over a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.
- Children should never play around high water, storm drains, viaducts or arroyos.
After the flood:
- If fresh food has come in contact with flood waters, throw it out.
- Boil drinking water before using. Wells should be pumped out and the water tested for purity before drinking. If in doubt, call your local public health authority.
- Do not visit disaster areas. Your presence might hamper rescue and other emergency operations.
- Electrical equipment should be checked and dried before being returned to service.
- Use flashlights, not lanterns, torches or matches, to examine buildings. Flammables may be inside.
- Report broken utility lines and downed electrical lines to appropriate authorities.
The City of Venice contains five storm basins: Cow Pen Slough, Myakka River, Curry Creek, Hatchett Creek and the Island of Venice. Master Plan Basin Studies, conducted in 2002, identified areas in which city streets or structures may experience flooding during a storm event. As a result of this master plan update, City Engineer Nancy Woodley outlined a comprehensive, multi-focused stormwater management program to address drainage system deficiencies within the city.
Flooding in Venice is caused by two potential sources: a major storm event that deposits more water than the storm drainage system can currently manage, or drainage systems located on public or private property that become clogged with yard or waste debris.
The City of Venice is committed to assisting property owners in reducing the likelihood of flood loss through information dissemination and early planning. Please visit the links listed below to make important decisions regarding the protection of your property and personal belongings or visit the Venice Public Library, 260 S. Nokomis Ave. N, to search the computer catalog for flood damage prevention.