The Storm Water Utility is a division that focuses on reducing flooding and pollution. Division responsibilities include street sweeping, drain cleaning, right of way flooding issues and canal cleaning. If after a heavy rain, you notice water in your neighborhood which does not completely drain after 48 hours, you should contact the Division at 305.895.9878 to schedule an inspection. This office also provides information regarding flood hazards, flood protection, and flood proofing and can provide assistance in determining whether a property within the City limits lies in a Special Flood Hazard area.
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) instituted the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) in an effort to control the level of pollutant loads to surface waters. This division constructs, maintains and retrofits drainage structures and storm sewers according to Best Management Practices (BMPs) that comply with NPDES standards for stormwater discharges. The City is a Co-permittee with Miami Dade County.
Storm Water runoff is a major source of pollution. It contains high levels of sediments, suspended soils, nutrients (phosphorus and nitrogen), heavy metals, pathogens, toxins, oxygen-demanding substances (organic material) and floatable pollutants that might negatively impact water quality standards. The threat posed by these pollutants can impair recreational activities such as fishing and swimming.
The City of North Miami routinely cleans the twenty-eight (28) canals within the City of debris and vegetation. While heavy rains, storm water runoff and illegal dumping can quickly undo the work of cleaning crews, the City attempts to keep all canals free flowing at all times. To report illegal dumping into the City’s canals, call 305-895-9878. Try to obtain as much information as possible, such as vehicle description and license tag, or any other helpful details.
The City’s Stormwater Division routinely sweeps the streets to insure that curbs and gutters support free flowing water runoff. If you observe a clogged storm drain near your property, or you observe an area which needs immediate attention, you can call the City’s Streets Division at 305-895-9878.
The Public Works Department will visit your property to review any flooding problems you may have, and explain possible ways to stop flooding and prevent flood damage. These services are free. Call 305.895.9878
Did you know that floods are the most common natural disaster?
Here are a few safety tips to consider, if ever you are faced with flooding.
Because of the heavy rainfall in this area, you are encouraged to purchase flood insurance. Because the City of North Miami participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, every homeowner, business owner and renter can purchase flood insurance to protect their property against flood losses.