During heavy rains, localized street flooding will occur if the rain falls faster than the drainage system can remove it. To mitigate the impact of flooding you can implement one or more flood protection measures such as helping the City in its flood protection activities, preparing yourself for floods and purchasing flood insurance.
Streams, channels and catch basins are essential to preventing a flood. Do not dump or throw anything into streams, channels or catch basins that drain or carry stormwater. Dumping any material in a waterway or catch basin is illegal and may be a violation of the City of Worcester's Wetlands Protection Ordinance.
Always check with the Department of Inspectional Services before you build on, alter, regrade or fill your property. A permit may be needed to ensure that projects do not cause problems on other properties.
There are several good references on retrofitting published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers available in the Worcester Public Library or online at the C/W MARS website.
If you own property in the City of Worcester and are subject to flooding, the following information and suggested activities are important to you. Additional information can be found on the FloodSmart website.
View the tips below to learn how to be safe during a flood.
There are many things that can be done to prepare for the next potential flood. View the list below for suggestions about how to be prepared if a flood threatens your area.
Flood insurance is highly recommended. An advantage of insurance is that your property is covered as long as the policy is in force, even when you're not home to implement your flood response plan. Most standard property insurance policies do not cover a property for flood damage. The City of Worcester participates in the National Flood Insurance Program.
Do not dump or throw anything into streams, channels or catch basins that convey stormwater. Dumping any material in a waterway or catch basin is illegal and may be a violation of the City of Worcester's Wetlands Protection Ordinance.