Floods are common natural disasters that affect small communities, entire cities or sometimes an entire country. When flood waters come indoors, the most significant damage can happen. Those living in flood-prone areas should take the initiative to prepare their homes for potential flooding to avoid personal loss. Floods can happen without warning and can occur any time of the year.
Elevate your building and reinforce it using one of several methods suggested by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The FEMA pamphlet on elevating flood-prone homes can be found at on FEMA's website. Options include raising the entire foundation and placing a higher support under it, as well as adding on living space in a higher level of the home and making flood-prone portions unnecessary for living.
Clean out your gutters regularly and keep debris off the roof to allow for free flow of water down the drains. If gutters are clogged with leaves or debris, floodwaters can back up and possibly cause leaking into the building from above.