Never dump any waste in the storm sewers or canals within the City. It is illegal for any direct or indirect entry of any solid, liquid or gaseous matter to enter the drainage system. Even grass clippings and branches can accumulate and plug channels. A plugged channel or storm drain cannot carry water and when it rains, clogged storm drains will cause water to back up into the street and may cause flooding. Dispose of litter and animal waste in a trash can every piece of trash contributes to flooding. 

If you see illegal dumping or discharges of pollutants contact the 24-Hour Miami-Dade County Pollution Complaint Hotline at 305-372-6955 or the Public Works Department at 305-895-9878.

If your property is next to a canal, help keep the banks clear of brush and debris. The City has a Canal Maintenance Program, which can help remove major blockages such as downed trees, if you see dumping or debris in the City’s canals, contact the Public Works Department at 305-895-9878.

The City inspects the drainage system on a regular basis and removes blockages that are found or reported. If you live near areas where waters flow, you can help in this process by keeping the areas clear of brush and debris. It is illegal for any direct or indirect entry of any solid, liquid or gaseous matter to enter the drainage system. It is important that we protect and maintain these drainage areas; the quality of our drinking water depends on it! Furthermore, proper drainage helps reduce the risk of flooding. 

Reports of any violations should be made to the Public Works Department at 305-895-9870.

Flood safety Tips

  • Do not walk through flowing water, nor drive through a flooded area.
    Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths. Currents can be deceptive; six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. If you walk in standing water, use a pole or stick to ensure that the ground is still there. Also do not disregard road barriers; the road or bridge may be washed out.
  • Stay away from power lines and electrical wires.
    Electrocution is the number two flood killer. Electrical currents can travel through water. Report downed power lines to FPL at (305) 442-8770 or call the North Miami Police Department at (305) 891-8111
  • Have your electricity turned off by FPL.
    Some appliances such as television sets hold electrical charges even after they have been unplugged. Avoid using appliances or motors that are wet unless they have been taken apart, cleaned and dried
  • Look out for animals, especially snakes.
    Small animals that have been flooded out of their homes may seek shelter in yours. Use a pole or stick to poke and turn things over and scare away small animals.
  • Look before you step.
    After a flood, the ground and floors are covered with debris, including broken bottles and nails. Floors and stairs that have been covered with mud can be very slippery.
  • Be alert for gas leaks.
    If you use natural gas, use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Do not smoke or use candles, lanterns or open flames unless you know the gas has been turned off and the area has been ventilated.

Flood Insurance

All properties located in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) and secured by a federally backed mortgage must carry flood insurance. The two types of flood insurance coverage are structural and contents. Renters can buy contents coverage even if the owner does not insure the structure. To find out more about flood insurance contact any licensed insurance agent. PLEASE NOTE: When purchasing flood insurance, the policy does not go into effect until 30 days after the purchase date. Please visit the National Flood Insurance Program for the most current information on flood insurance premiums and to locate a flood insurance agent in your area.

The City of North Miami currently holds a Class 6 CRS Rating as of May 1, 2018. This new classification equates to a 20 percent discount on new or renewing NFIP flood insurance policies for SFHA properties