Elevate Your Flood Plan
During hurricanes, tropical storms, and even heavy downpour in some areas—flooding can be a major concern for St. Pete residents and visitors.
If you are advised to evacuate, turn off utilities at the main switches or valves. Disconnect electrical appliances, but do not touch any electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. Avoid fast flowing water or unstable banks.
Visit Florida Disaster’s Flood guide to prepare for all stages of a flood.
Know Your Zone
Insure Your Property
Flood insurance is available for any property within St. Pete through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Electrical Safety Post-Flooding
- Stay Informed and Seek Professional Assistance: Before attempting to enter your property, contact your local utility company to ensure it is safe to do so. If you suspect electrical damage or are unsure about the safety of your electrical system, enlist the services of a licensed electrician to assess the situation. Safety should be the top priority during this process.
- Do Not Touch Wet Electrical Equipment: Water and electricity are a deadly combination. If you come across electrical equipment that has been submerged or is wet, do not touch it. Standing water can carry an electric current, even if it appears calm. Contact a professional to assess the equipment and determine whether it needs to be repaired or replaced.
- Turn Off Power Before Entering: If your home has been flooded, do not enter until the power has been turned off at the main circuit breaker or fuse box. If you're unable to safely access these areas, consult a professional to perform this task. Do not rely solely on the fact that the power is out in your neighborhood, as localized systems might still be active.
- Inspect Wiring and Outlets: Once the power is safely disconnected, inspect your electrical wiring, outlets, and appliances for signs of damage. Look for discoloration, charring, or exposed wires. If you notice any of these issues, refrain from using the equipment and seek professional help.
- Avoid Using Extension Cords: While cleaning up, avoid using extension cords as a permanent solution for powering devices. They are not designed for prolonged use and can pose fire and shock hazards. If additional power sources are needed, consult a licensed electrician to install them properly.
- Wait for Approval Before Restoring Power: After your property has been deemed safe by a qualified professional, you can begin the process of restoring power. Follow their guidance closely and avoid attempting any repairs yourself unless you are trained to do so.
- Educate Family Members: Ensure that everyone in your household is aware of the importance of electrical safety, especially children. Keep them away from any electrical equipment, outlets, or cords that may have been compromised by the flood.
Flood Warning System
The Tampa Bay region, including the city of St. Pete, depends on the National Weather Service (NWS) in Ruskin, Florida for flood threat recognition. The NWS issues flood advisories for our area when expected rainfall may overflow drainage systems and cause isolation of structures due to the potential of ponding flood waters. Primary Emergency Alert Station: 100.7 WMTX-FM
Assessing Water Damage From Flooding
- Remove wet contents immediately to prevent extensive damage and mold.
- Clean and disinfect everything that got wet - mud left from flood water can contain sewage and chemicals.
- Minor water intrusion that requires the replacement of floor finishes (carpet, wood, tile, etc.) does not require a building permit.
- Water intrusion and flood/storm damage that affects walls, fixtures, built-in cabinetry, windows, doors, roof, electrical, mechanical, or plumbing, etc. does require a permit for repair or replacement.
- The permitting process can be expedited after storm events.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 727-893-7231 for any permitting related questions.
- Electricians may apply for an electrical service permit online.
- Any submerged electric circuit or components will typically not be safe to energize and must be replaced or evaluated by an electrical inspector with a permit and inspection to remain.
- Contact Duke Energy for service connection issues and questions at 800-700-8744.
- Vegetative debris can be broken down and placed in the regular trash bin (black bin) for pickup. If items are too large for the bin, please place at the curb but do no block roadways or sidewalks.
- All brush site locations are open and residents are welcome to bring brush debris to those facilities if desired.
- Please contact the Sanitation Department at 727-893-7398, or use SeeClickFix to schedule a pickup.
Research & Resources
Please use the following forms when submitting for an elevation or floodproofing permit.
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The City provides Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) determinations to let you know if you are in a flood hazard area and if you are required by federal law to carry flood insurance. New FEMA Flood Maps went into effect on August 24th, 2021. Flood Insurance Rate Maps and parcel-specific flood zone information can be viewed at https://msc.fema.gov/portal.