Protecting Property

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Any number of measures can be taken to help protect a property against flood damage including retrofitting, regrading around a structure to create positive drainage away from the structure, correcting local drainage problems, and emergency measures such as moving furniture and installing sandbags. Retrofitting measures can include major projects such as elevating the whole structure, filling in basements located below the base flood elevation and/or adding floodwalls and levies.  Additionally less costly measures can be taken such as elevating electrical panel boxes, water heaters and furnaces, and moving washers, dryers, and other appliances to areas less likely to flood.

If flooding is likely and time permits, emergency measures can be implemented to reduce flood damage potential.  Essential items and furniture can be moved to the upper floors of your home.  Sandbags, temporary flood barriers, and flood wrapping systems are also common emergency flood protection measure than can be deployed.  If these practices are intended to be used, sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber should all be readily available at the property.  In the event of a significant flooding event, the City will provide the public access to sand and sandbags at the following locations:

  • Site 1:  Lundberg Park, 1450 NW 78th Street, if available, or NW 78th and University pumping station
  • Site 2:  9997 University Avenue (Nobbies shopping center)

Community Development Department staff is available to visit your property to review its flooding issues and suggest ways to stop flooding or prevent flood damage. Contact Community Development at (515) 223-6221 to schedule a no-cost appointment.

FEMA has many publications to help you protect your home or business. Please click here to be directed to their Floodplain Management Publications site. Additionally, the City of Clive Library keeps up-to-date copies of the following publications:

  • Above the Flood: Elevating Your Floodprone House, FEMA-347
  • Answers to Questions About the National Flood Insurance Program, F-084
  • Elevated Residential Structures, FEMA-54
  • Protecting Manufactured Homes from Floods and Other Hazards, FEMA P-85
  • Mitigation of Flood and Erosion Damage to Residential Buildings in Coastal Areas, FEMA-257
  • Protecting Building Utilities From Flood Damage, FEMA-P-348
  • Protecting Floodplain Resources, FEMA-268
  • Reducing Damage from Localized Flooding, FEMA-511

If you believe that someone is improperly dumping into a storm sewer intake, a drainageway or a creek, please contact the Community Development department at (515) 223-6221.  Ensuring that these critical stormwater conveyance paths are unobstructed prior to a flooding event is critically important. 

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