How they work: Floodgates lessen flooding upstream by holding back excess water from events like high tides and storm surges. The gates then open when it is safe, allowing water to resume flowing normally.
Why you need them: Farm and residential landowners benefit from the ability to prevent river overflow and disperse built-up water at the most opportune time.
Why your county needs them: Areas with expensive buildings and infrastructure along a harbor or bay can benefit from the protection from strong waves and storm surge that floodgates provide. Relative to other flood protection measures, floodgates come with a moderate price tag to the county and taxpayer. They also have long average lifespans, ranging from 25 and 50 years.
Take action: Both coastal communities and inland communities near rivers, streams, or canals may be able to fight their flood problem with strategically placed and operated floodgates. Let your local commissioner know that floodgates are worth the investment.