Rising sea levels and storm surges threaten properties along US coastlines. Further inland, the run-off from intense rains causes rivers to overflow and sewer systems to back up. Because flood prevention requires action by homeowners, state, county and municipal governments, water authorities and others, an integrated approach is required. That’s where Flood Groups come in.
Flood Groups consist of residents and businesses affected by or at risk of flooding. By coming together and working in partnership with government and other organizations they are able to:
- Act as a liaison to ensure that flood victims are engaged in shaping government plans to protect communities
- Educate the general public on flood risks and how to reduce them
- Train flood watchers – residents who can alert the relevant authorities about looming problems, such as blocked sewer drains, rising creeks, or debris in rivers that may cause or exacerbate overbank flooding
Flood Groups can also work with other local voluntary groups, such as religious congregations, to put together an effective a plan of action in advance of a flood event.
Starting a Flood Group
Residents affected by flooding often believe themselves alone, not realizing their problems may be similar to their neighbor’s. Local Flood Groups are good ways for residents to document and vocalize problems, discuss causes and solutions, and engage with government and nonprofit organizations.
Read our factsheets on How to set up a Flood Group, and How to Get Politicians to do Things for You.
If you have information or experiences concerning flooding that you wish to share with other groups, please share them on SPOUT, our online community of flood survivors. Your experience and ideas can help us help your neighbors!