Winter storms in California can be deadly, causing flooding, flash floods, high coastal surf, mudslides, snow storms, and avalanches. Understanding and preparing for flooding can help you weather the storms.
NOTE: Flood Hazard Area maps for the incorporated areas of San Diego County are located at the Building or Planning Departments of individual cities within San Diego County. Maps for the incorporated and unincorporated areas of San Diego County concerning Earthquake Fault Zones; Seismic Hazard Zones and Dam Inundation Areas, as well as Flood Hazard Area maps for the unincorporated areas of San Diego County are located at:
San Diego County Department of Public Works
Land Development Division
5510 Overland Ave.
Suite 210, MS 0336
San Diego, CA 92123
Be Flood Ready
Learn what actions you should take when you learn of potential flooding in your area. Also, learn what steps to take before, during, and after a flood.
Department of Public Works Service Requests
If you live in the unincorporated area and need assistance with any of the following:
- Raised or Sunken Trench
- Rock or Mudslide
- Sweeping Request
- Glass or Debris in Roadway
- Street Lights
- Culvert or Storm Drain Plugged
- Debris/Vegetation in Channel
- Water Flows Down Driveway
- Downed, Missing, or Damaged Street Signs
Please complete the County Department of Public Works Road Service Request Form to help resolve the issue. If it is after hours, please call the 24-hr line at (858) 565-5262 to report the problem.
For incorporated jurisdictions please contact your local public works department.
How to Determine if There are Public Drainage Facilities on Your Property
Check your Title Report or Contact Your Title Company
When you purchased your property a Title Report would have been included with your paperwork which would show any existing easements on the property at the time of purchase. If you no longer have your title, any title company can create a new one for you for a fee.
Check the County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk Official Records
You can search for recorded easements on the property by Document Type, Document Number, Name, 10-Digit APN, or Record Date.
Check the County of San Diego Survey Records System, a web-based
records viewing and retrieval system:
The Survey Records System (SRS) is an on-line tool to research plans and record drawings which would show any existing easements on the property at the time the document was recorded. There is a fee to download documents.
Visit the County Operations Center: Cartographic Services - 5510
Overland Drive – 2nd Floor (Kearny Mesa)
Cartographic Services has the same documents that are available on-line at the SRS. There is a fee to make copies of documents.
Hire an Engineer or Surveyor to do the research for you
This kind of research and interpreting documents can be complex. If you need assistance there are many firms that can perform this work for you for a fee.
Flood Control Webcams
The San Diego County Flood Control District maintains several webcams at selected low water crossings throughout the county. You can view streaming video from the cameras to see the current state of the low water crossings.
The County currently maintains three webcams: the Quarry Road Dip on Spring Valley Creek in Spring Valley, the Sandia Creek Road Dip on the Santa Margarita River in Fallbrook, and the Country Club Road Dip on Escondido Creek in Harmony Grove.
Protecting Your Property
Sandbags help to divert or redirect water, mud and debris from your property and help prevent soil erosion
Free sand and sandbags are available to residents and business throughout San Diego County at the following locations:
Sandbags are also available at these retail vendors.
For more information on flood debris and erosion control, view the Homeowner’s Guide for Flood, Debris, and Erosion Control.
Sandbags can help protect your property from major damage, but sandbags will not seal out water, which is why it is important to make sure your property is financially covered.
Standard homeowners insurance does not cover flooding. It is important to have protection from the floods associated with heavy rains here in San Diego County. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is available to property owners to financially protect themselves.
Understanding Your Flood Risk
FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center is the official public source for flood hazard information. There, you can find official flood maps and other resources to get a better understanding of your flood risk.
Residents in recent wildfire burn areas should be aware of the increased potential for mud slides, debris flow, and severe flooding. The San Diego County Adverse Weather Map displays the 100-year Floodplain, recent fire burn areas, and weather alerts.
How Much Would a Flood Cost?
It only takes a few inches of water to cause major damage to your home or business and its contents. Learn more about the cost of flooding