Standard homeowners insurance policies do not cover losses due to floods. However, Buena Park is a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program, which makes it possible for Buena Park property owners to obtain federally backed flood insurance. This insurance is available to any owner of insurable property (a building or its contents) in Buena Park. Tenants may also insure their personal property against flood loss.
Contact your local insurance agent for current insurance rates. The actual cost will vary depending upon amount of coverage and degree of flood hazard. We urge persons who live or own property in flood hazard areas to purchase flood insurance to protect themselves from losses due to flooding. This insurance is required in certain instances, such as the financing of a home with a federally backed mortgage.
There are several actions residents of flood hazard areas can take to decrease the potential of injury due to flooding:
- Know the flood warning procedures.
- Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream where water is above your knees.
- Keep children away from flood waters such as rivers, ditches, culverts, and storm drains.
- If your vehicle stalls in high water, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground.
- Evacuate the flood hazard area in times of impending flood or when advised to do so by the Police or Fire Departments.
- Turn off all electric circuits at the fuse panel or disconnect switch. If this is not possible, turn off or disconnect all electrical appliances. Shut off the water service and gas valves in your home.
PROPERTY PROTECTION MEASURES
There are various actions which can be taken to flood-proof structures. Electrical panel boxes, furnaces, water heaters, and washers/dryers should be elevated or relocated to a location less likely to be flooded. Basement floor drains and interior and exterior backwater valves can be installed and interior floodwalls can be placed around utilities.
If flooding is likely, and time permits, move essential items and furniture to the upper floors of your home. Keep materials like sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber handy for emergency waterproofing. This action will help minimize the amount of damage caused by floodwaters. Locations for Emergency Sandbags are available at the Public Works City Yard.
FLOOD PLAIN DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS
Always check with the City's Community Development Department before you build on, alter, re-grade, or fill on your property. A permit is needed to ensure that projects do not cause problems on other properties. All new developments, or any alterations, additions, or modifications to your building or land requires a permit from the City's Community Development Department. Even re-grading or filling in the flood plain requires a permit. If you see building or filling without a City permit sign posted, contact the Community Development Department.
MAINTENANCE OF DRAINAGE SYSTEMS
Buena Park has a complex storm drainage system which is composed of streets and gutters catch basins, underground pipes, ditches, streams, creeks, pump stations and channels/rivers. This system is utilized to carry storm waters away from homes and businesses to drainage areas, such as the Santa Ana and San Gabriel Rivers. Maintenance of this drainage system is very important so that a high flood flow capacity can be realized. To aid in this, the City of Buena Park performs maintenance work on the system at least two times a year. Work is also performed on an emergency basis as needed.
A plugged drainage system cannot carry water and could cause flooding when it rains. Do not dump or throw anything into the street or storm drainage system. Dumping in our streets or drainage system is in violation of local and county codes.
If you see dumping or debris in the storm drainage system, contact the City of Buena Park Public Works Department's 24-Hour Storm Drain Hotline Number (714) 562-3703.
FLOOD WARNING SYSTEM
Flood watches (when conditions are right for flooding) and flood warnings (flooding is imminent) will be issued to the public by one or all of the following means:
- Local Cable Network
- TV (Emergency Broadcast System)
- Radio (Emergency Broadcast System)
- Mobile Public Address capabilities of Police cars and helicopters
- Critical facilities will receive notification by telephone