Education can help residents understand the drainage system and alleviate flooding anxiety
Since the early-1970’s, development standards for drainage systems have been regulated through design and permitting to ensure flood protection. Flood control is achieved through an interconnected, three-tiered drainage system. The community drainage systems, or tertiary systems, are operated by residential associations. Secondary flood control canals are operated by the Lake Worth Drainage District, and primary flood control is provided by the South Florida Water Management District. Rainfall flows into retention ponds or lakes through swales and drains. During heavy rain events, temporary flooding of streets, sidewalks and parking lots is normal and expected.
Understanding how flood control works and what to expect during severe rain events can help lessen anxiety. Residential communities can help educate their residents on flooding and what to expect. The District is pleased to offer, at no charge, speakers on flood control and the role communities play in providing effective drainage. Requests for speakers can be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the main office at 561-498-5363.