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:
- 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.