Complete the Storm Damage Survey
Fill out the storm damage survey to report flooding and flood damage on your property to help city staff understand the impacts of intense storm events on the Rockville community. Your input will help inform our flood mitigation planning tool and help the city’s evaluation of future flood mitigation options.
Be Prepared for Future Flooding
Climate change will continue to increase the number and severity of floods in Rockville. Even if you do not live in a floodplain, you can take steps to protect yourself from future flooding.
- Know your flood risk. Flooding risk can vary within the same neighborhood and from property to property. Flooding can occur not only in areas identified as high-risk, but may also occur in areas not identified as high-risk. If you have experienced flooding from recent storms, you are likely to experience flooding in the future. Look up your location and see if you live in a floodplain.
- Purchase flood insurance. Some homeowners are required to purchase flood insurance, but all property owners should consider flood insurance protection. Most homeowners and renters insurance policies do not cover flooding. It typically takes up to 30 days for a policy to take effect. The time to buy is before a disaster.
- Prepare and play it safe. Prepare and protect your home and family before a flood with these simple tips:
- Heed all flooding alerts and warnings from public safety officials. Make sure your phone is receiving Wireless Emergency Alerts. Sign up for community alerts through Alert Rockville and Alert Montgomery.
- Make a plan for your household, including your pets, so that you and your family knows what to do, where to go, and what you will need to protect yourselves from flooding.
- Know how to shut off the electricity and gas to your house in the event of flooding.
- If your basement is prone to flooding, move valuables to a higher location.
- If your home needs a sump pump, get a battery backup in case the power goes out.
- Makes sure gutters and drains are clear. Keep debris out of city storm drains. If you see a blocked storm drain, call 240-314-8567.
- Avoid areas that are prone to flooding. Never attempt to drive over a flooded road.
- Read more about preparing and staying safe during a flood at Ready.gov.
- Reduce your risk. Read the FEMA Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting for ways to protect your home from flooding. Common practices include floodproofing windows, doors and basements, elevating electrical systems and appliances, and installing water barrier systems.
- Document after a flood. Document damage with photos and video for insurance purposes and begin cleanup immediately to prevent mold. Be sure to follow safety guidelines for reentering a flooded home, cleaning up after a flood, and preventing and cleaning mold and mildew. If needed, hire a professional flood damage restoration service.