Flood Plain Management
The Local Flood Hazard
In Rockledge, the primary threat of flooding results from the “ponding” of water during heavy storms. Some flooding can result from overflow of small ditches and streams during significant storm events, especially when the ocean and river tides are running higher than normal.
Since Rockledge is relatively flat, however, stormwater sometimes simply overwhelms street drainage and storm outfall devices. Leaves and other debris can clog storm drains, causing water to back up into lower-lying areas. Residents are encouraged not to blow yard waste (i.e. grass clippings, leaves, and small branches) into the street to prevent clogging of the stormwater grates and other similar devices.
The Flood Warning System
In the event of a major storm, the city receives notification from the Brevard County Emergency Management Center and certain city departments are put on alert. Local news media sources (radio and television) are notified and distribute instructions to the public. If needed, the City Fire and Police Departments may notify area residents by door-to-door personal contact, telephone, and use of sirens, and public address systems. During significant storms, the city Police and Fire departments monitor storm updates and pass information on to media sources for distribution.
Brevard County Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
The City of Rockledge works with the Brevard County EOC, the National Weather Service, and the National Hurricane Center to monitor flood and storm threats and advise the community accordingly.
Brevard County - Rockledge Emergency Operation Plan
When a storm or flood threatens to impact the city, city staff monitors the event, relying on information from Brevard County officials and the National Weather Service for detailed and site specific information regarding storm conditions and flood threats. The National Weather Service issues updates, warnings, and evacuation notices.
The following stations service the Rockledge area:
- Any AM / FM band radio receiver
- NOAA Weather Radio, Frequency 162.550 MHz out of Viera
- Police Scanner
- Tunable VHF Radio
- TV Channels 6, 9, 27, and 65 Orlando
- WAOA-FM 107.1 FM
- WBVD 95.1 FM
- Weather Radio
- WFIT 89.5 FM
- WHKR 102.7 FM
- WHTQ 96.5 FM
- WLRQ FM 99.3 FM;
- WPIO 89.3 FM
- WSHE 100.3 FM
- WTKS-FM 104.1 FM
- WWKA 92.3 FM
Community Rating System
Rockledge participates in the Community Rating System (CRS), a part of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), provides a mechanism for reducing flood insurance premiums to reflect what a community does beyond the NFIP’s minimum requirements. The CRS is a voluntary incentive program that rewards community actions that reduce flood risk through discounted flood insurance rates.