Venice Jetty during Tropical Storm ColinCauses of Flooding

Flooding in Venice is caused by two potential sources: 

  • Storm surge and heavy rainfall depositing more water than the storm drainage system can manage.
  • Drainage systems located on public or private property that become clogged with yard or water debris.

The City of Venice contains five storm basins: Cow Pen Slough, The 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, the City  Engineer outlined a comprehensive multi-focused stormwater management program to address drainage system deficiencies within the City.

For the City's Flood map and floodplain management plan, please visit either the City's CRS page or the Flood Map page.

Flood Protection


  • Alerts give you time to prepare.
  • Flood watches provide up to 24 hours' notice.
  • Warnings mean a flood is imminent!

Before a Flood EventFlood, Floods, Flooding, CRS, FEMA, NFIP

  • Register for early warning notices by signing up for the City's CodeRed© Program.
  •  Buy flood insurance; remember that coverage does not become effective for 30 days.
  • Know your flood zone and your evacuation zone.
  • Inventory and photograph your home and contents, and store with insurance and important documents in a safe place.
  • Have an emergency plan for your family.
  • Have an emergency plan for your business.
  • Keep all drainage areas free of debris.
  • Elevate air handlers, electrical boxes, and water heaters (permit required).
  • Boaters - Please make sure your vessels are secured to boat lift / docks. Remember to turn off power to lifts, and make sure no power lines are in the water

During a Flood EventFlood, Floods, Flooding, CRS, FEMA, NFIP

  • Tune in to local TV and radio channels.
  • Do not walk or drive through flowing flood water; just 6 inches of water can knock you off your fee, and damage cars and buildings.
  • Conserve water by minimizing toilet flushing and laundry.

After a Flood EventFlood, Floods, Flooding, CRS, FEMA, NFIP

  • Buy flood Insurance!
  • Do not enter a flooded building until it has been cleared for re-entry by an inspector.
  • Register for early warning notices by signing up for the City's CodeRed© Program.
  • Do all the things you wish you had done before this flood event!

The City of Venice is committed to assisting property owners in reducing the likelihood of flood loss through information dissemination and early planning. As part of this commitment, the City is one of 1,444 (and counting) communities throughout the USA voluntarily participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System. Please visit our CRS page for more information about this program.

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