Flooding & Drainage

Flooding is the number 1 natural disaster is our country. Learn more about what the City is doing to help improve flooding and drainage issues and how you can be flood smart and what you can do to help protect your property.

Page updated on Aug 19, 2016 at 6:03 PM

Be Flood Smart

Flooding is the nation’s #1 natural disaster and it can happen anytime...anywhere.  Floods occur in all 50 states and you can be a victim of flooding, even if you live miles away from water.  Learn more on what causes flooding and how to protect your home.


How Do You Protect Your Home?

Determine Your Flood Risk

Whether you live in a high, moderate or low risk area, everyone is at risk of flooding.  Approximately 20% of the City is mapped by FEMA in a floodplain.  Please visit the Flood Map page for more information on the FEMA flood maps.  The City of Alexandria offers notification services—eNews—that sends you a text or email in the event of a major flood. To sign up, visit www.alexandriava.gov/eNews

Purchase Flood Insurance

Remember, most homeowners insurance does not cover floods.  Everyone can buy flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), even if you don’t live in a FEMA floodplain.  Alexandria participates in the NFIP’s Community Rating System program.  As a Class 6 community, Alexandria residents are eligible to receive up to a 20% discount on flood insurance premiums. 

Make a Flood Plan

Know evacuation routes and keep important papers in a safe, waterproof place.  Please visit the Flooding Information page to learn more about to protect your home during flood events.

Help Prevent Local Flooding

You can help prevent local flooding by keeping trash and other debris, like tree branches, away from storm drains and inlets.  Please visit the Waterfront Plan Implementation page for more information on flood mitigation projects along the waterfront.  

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