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If you know that flooding is probable, move valuable contents upstairs or to a safe location.Debris in drainage ditches, streams, and pipes can cause localized flooding when it rains. It is unlawful for any person to throw or deposit any refuse, trash, or debris in any drainage ditch, stream or body of water. In order to prevent localized flooding outside of special flood hazard areas, city code requires the minimum finished floor elevation for new residential construction to be at least 18 inches above the highest crown of any abutting street.