Lake and Pond Hurricane Preparation Tips

Mick RibaultPond Management

Lake and pond hurricane preparation will help keep your pond and neighborhood safe.

Lake and pond hurricane preparation tips from Dragonfly Pond Works.

Jared Beard- Client Service Manager, Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC

Lake and pond hurricane preparation will help keep your pond and neighborhood safe.
Lake and pond hurricane preparation helps minimize risk to your system. Keep your aquatic space safe and healthy.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. However, the National Hurricane Center identifies Mid-August through late October as peak hurricane season. With the height of the season upon us, it is important to understand the proper steps to take to prepare your lake or pond BEFORE a storm hits.

Lakes and ponds, especially stormwater systems, are designed to handle large storms. Lake and pond hurricane preparation starts with ensuring nothing is inhibiting your system from doing its job. Big storms, such as Hurricane Florence in 2018, carry the potential to impact all systems. Here are Dragonfly Pond Works’ expert tips to help minimize that risk.

Lake and Pond Hurricane Preparation Tips:

  • Inlets and outlets must be clear in order to control water flow and mitigate flooding. Remove trash, sediment, vegetation, and any other debris. This must be done BEFORE a storm!
  • Clear spillways of any debris.
  • Clear storm drains and ditches.
  • Regularly have trash and debris removed from you pond.
  • Bag yard waste so that it does not end up in nearby ponds or covering storm drains.
  • Just prior to a storm remove or secure yard items that can be blown away and/or carried away by water flow.

Safety:

It is extremely dangerous to unclog drains or do any work around lakes and ponds once water is flowing. Water pressure builds up behind blockages and can suck people into risers and pipes if the blockage is removed. This is why it is of utmost importance to take these lake and pond hurricane preparation steps BEFORE a storm hits! Due to this danger and the possibility of dams failing, damage assessments should not be completed until the storm passes and the water recedes.

Photograph of a large constructed wetland with several risers and inlet/outlet pipes throughout the system.
This large constructed wetland contains several risers and inlet/outlet pipes throughout its system. These features, as long as clear, help control water flow and mitigate flooding.

One community pond with a blockage has the potential to flood a neighborhood. Residents can also help by following our tips of bagging yard waste and removing and/or securing loose yard items. Everyone can help minimize the risk of flooding in their neighborhood. It is never too early to start your lake and pond hurricane preparation!

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Dragonfly Pond Works provides lake and pond maintenance, stormwater management, and more in Wilmington, Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, North Carolina, Myrtle Beach, Charleston, South Carolina, Tampa, Sarasota, Naples, St. Petersburg, Fort Myers, Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia. Please contact us to learn how we can help you create a beautiful space.

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