Flooding isn’t just a threat to people living near water. Flooding in Bulloch County is usually a result of intense rainfall in a brief period, which leaves more water than the ground can absorb. This type of flooding is known as flash flooding. Flash floods occur with little or no warning, move at very fast speeds, and can reach a peak in a few minutes. They can roll rocks, tear out trees, and destroy buildings and bridges.
Nature is not the only cause of flooding. New construction and paving alter land’s ability to drain properly. As a result, runoff is increased two to six times over what would occur on natural terrain. Areas that were initially zoned as low-risk can quickly become high-risk as urban development alters typography.
To see if you are in a mapped floodplain, you can check the County’s Tax Assessor Site . Find the property you want and then turn on the map layer to show floodplain. The official flood maps and flood protection references are available at the Building Permit / Inspection department, but are more easily accessible on the Tax Assessor site.