Flood Information

Flooding

Covington can be vulnerable to severe damage caused by high winds and associated flooding.  Most people consider their home and its contents their largest investment.  Most standard homeowner insurance policies do not cover flood damage.  Separate flood insurance policies backed by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) are available and affordable, in case of a future flood event that is caused by a hurricane, tropical storm, heavy rain, sea level rise or other condition.

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Contact Information

Much of this information is available online, or you may contact the City [email protected] for a printed brochure.

Chris Brown, CBO, CFM
Building Official / Floodplain Administrator
985-867-1218
[email protected]

Lora Matherne
Permits Technician
985-898-4725
[email protected]

Flood Insurance Information

Many homeowners and renters purchase flood insurance policies.

  • Flood insurance is available for your building and for the contents. Renters take note.
  • Consider purchasing flood insurance, whether your property is in a Special Flood Hazard Area or not.
  • Call your insurance agent, find information online, or call 1-888-379-9531 to find an agent to protect your property from rising waters.
  • The City of Covington is available to assist. Call 985-898-4725 or email us [email protected].

Flood Warnings

Local authorities will issue flood watches (when conditions are likely for flooding) and flood warnings (when flooding is imminent). Monitor media sources for emergency updates and/or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio.

Staying informed is also important before emergencies occur.

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Stormwater Drainage Tips

  • It is illegal to throw anything into the lakes, canals, or other waterways in the City?
  • Only stormwater is permitted in storm drains that are located in streets, right-of-ways, and parking lots?
  • Dumping materials into our waters or drains pollutes the waters, clogs the storm drains, and leads to increased flooding in neighborhoods?

Obtain more information about swales and stormwater treatment and/or to report illegal dumping, please call the Public Works Department at 985-898-4700 or Code Enforcement at 985-898-4738.

Drainage PSA - #R6mitigates

Keeping our drainage ways clean takes a team effort, and can potentially lead to discounts on flood insurance.  #R6mitigates

Rainy Season Readiness

Protect Your Property

  • Elevate electrical panel boxes, A/C condensing units, and other appliances.
  • Construct a small floodwall or earthen berm, or redirect drainage, to keep water away from the building.
  • Consider “floodproofing” buildings by applying waterproof sealant as a barrier against water intrusion.

Learn about Floodplain Functions

  • Open, unpaved areas are beneficial to our quality of life.
  • When rainfall drains into the ground, it helps reduce flooding and recharges our drinking water supply.
  • Open spaces filter stormwater runoff as it seeps through the ground and into our aquifer.
  • Appreciate natural floodplains - keep them open and clean!

Construction DOs

  • Obtain a construction permit from the City. No construction, including moving the earth, is legal in a floodplain without a permit.
  • Contact the City if you are aware of construction taking place illegally or the Building Permits Department to obtain a permit and/or report illegal construction.