Canals and Lakes
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Before the Event


Residents who live adjacent to a canal often add enhancements to the canal right-of-way; however, these enhancements may end up being an obstruction to proper drainage and interfere with emergency response. Access after a disaster becomes even more important as recovery teams navigate through the canal system to perform emergency maintenance tasks. Examples of obstructions or violations found on right-of-way property include:

  • trees
  • shrubbery
  • sheds
  • gazebos
  • fences
  • hedges
  • decks and patios
  • abandoned vehicles

Know your canal and who manages it. Drainage is through a three-tier system managed by separate entities.

If placing a structure or planting trees behind your property, know where your property line is.

If you encroach on a canal maintenance right-of-way, you must obtain prior approval from the  agency that has jurisdiction.


Ensure that lake shorelines are clear of dead vegetation, trash and debris. Check for signs of side slope erosion.

See Flooding