Flood Protection

Flood Protection

Because the City of Coral Gables is located in a unique geographical area, it is particularly susceptible to flooding from major rain events and storm surge. The City is surrounded by major bodies of water such as the Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay, and many rivers, lakes and canals.

The City of Coral Gables lies close to sea level and its underground water supply is just below the ground surface. Therefore, major rain events sometimes leave rainwater nowhere to drain, causing occasional flooding in some areas of the City.

Coral Gables Flood Brochure

For more information on flood protection and related topics at the national level, please visit FEMA .

Elevation Certificates

Flood Elevation Certificates tell you how high your house was built in relation to a flood zone. These certificates are required for all new construction and substantial improvements to a structure.

For more information on elevation certificates, please call the Building Dept. at (305) 460-5235 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Flood & Drainage Complaints

To submit a flood or drainage complaint, Request a Service via our City's web portal or call 305-460-5000 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Flood Insurance

Flood insurance is required for any federally backed mortgage in a special flood hazard area. For more information please visit the FEMA flood insurance page or FloodSmart .

Flood Zone Maps

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has completed a major effort to develop detailed digital flood hazard maps that reflect current flood risks for Miami-Dade County, including Coral Gables. For more information, please visit Miami-Dade County's web page.

Prepare To Be Safe When It Floods!

There are safety precautions you can take to protect your family and property, when flash flood or other flood notices are issued.

Protect Your Property!

There are things you can do to minimize or eliminate property damage before a flood event occurs. Grading your property, elevating and securing electrical appliances, placing all low-lying electrical fixtures on separate electrical circuits, and using flood-resistant materials on exterior surfaces are some ways you can help yourself.

Recommended Publications and Important Links

Links to important websites and documents related to flood protection and disaster readiness.




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