We live and play among some of the most beautiful beaches in the state of Florida and beyond. While, on average, we experience 248 days of sun annually in St. Pete Beach, occasionally Mother Nature shows her other side.
When that happens, it’s important you are prepared.
Here, you’ll find the information you need to get ready for hurricanes, navigate flooding, and understand what it means to be near sea level.
Flood Information for St. Pete Beach
Flooding and standing water can cause property damage, injury, and even death. Hurricanes often cause extensive flooding, but our summer thundershowers can bring on these conditions as well.
When you see flooding, practice these precautions:
- Do not drive, walk, or swim through flooded areas
- Avoid walking on low bridges when water is high
- Take evacuations and warnings seriously
- Heed riptide and storm surge warnings
Keep in mind weather can change quickly
Remember flood waters can be charged by downed powerlines or contain other hazards like snakes. Do not wade through water unless instructed to by a first responder. Even six inches of quickly moving currentscan knock an adult down. Twelve inches can wash away a car.
Additional information about flooding:
Flood Protection Resources & Publications
Below you will find links to copies of FEMA publications on flood protection. These documents are also available at our Public Library.
- Answers to Questions About the National Flood Insurance Program F-084 (2011)
- Answers to Questions about Substantially Damaged Buildings FEMA 213 (2018)
- Coastal Construction Manual FEMA-P-55 (2011)
- Elevated Residential Structures FEMA-54 (1984)
- Above the Flood: Elevating Your Floodprone House
- Protecting Manufactured Homes from Floods and Other Hazards FEMA P-85 (2009)
- Mitigation of Flood and Erosion Damage to Residential Buildings in Coastal Areas FEMA-257 (1994)
- Protecting Building Utility Systems from Flood Damage FEMA-P-348 (1999)
- Protecting Floodplain Resources FEMA-268 (1996)
- Reducing Damage from Localized Flooding: A Guide for Communities FEMA 511 (2005)
- A Small Investment Protects you from a Big Problem FEMA-436
- Why do I Need Flood Insurance? FEMA-002 (2018)
- NFIP Claims Handbook FEMA-687 (2017)
- Who’s Knocking At Your Door
- Repairing your flooded home FEMA L198 (1192)
- Flood Insurance Requirements for Recipients of Federal Disaster Assistance FEMA-695 (2019)
- Homebuilder’s Guide to Coastal Construction FEMA p-499 (2010)
- Recommended Residential Construction for Coastal Areas FEMA P-550 (2009)
- Floodproofing Non-Residential Buildings FEMA P-236 (July 2013)
- Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting FEMA P-312 (June 2014)
Flooding and Property
Knowing what to do in a flood is important but so is understanding what floods mean for your property. The following information covers flooding in relation to permits, certifications, and insurance:
- FEMA rules govern all building in the City of St. Pete Beach, including the 50% threshold. Visit website >
- Pinellas County Building Requirements. Visit website >
- Community Rating System: Know the hazards before you buy. Visit website >
- Flood Elevation Certificate: Know what they are and how to get one. Visit website >
- Reduce the Risk of Flood Damage to Your Property:Visit website >
- FEMA 2020 Update to Elevation Certificates and Forms:Visit website >
- FEMA Publications:Visit website >
- FloodSmart - National Flood Insurance Program Visit webstie >
- Flood Insurance: Is it mandatory? Here’s what you need to know: Visit website >
- National Flood Insurance Program aims to reduce the impact of flooding on private and public structures:Visit website >
- Pinellas County Flood Map Information Center. This valuable resource/interactive map details flood risk information, FEMA flood zones, storm surge, etc.:Visit website >
- Program for Public Information: This county program facilitates better communication with citizens to provide information about flooding, flood safety, insurance, and ways to protect property. Visit website >
- Gulf of Mexico tide gauge Visit website >
- St. Pete Beach FEMA flood map Visit website >
- View an interactive map of flood zones, the Coastal High Hazard Area, and other valuable data for the City of St. Pete Beach Visit website >
- Paradise News, May 2020 aritlce "Property In St Pete Beach Is Subject To Flooding"
- View list of St. Pete Beach addresses
- Florida Surveyor Submitted Elevation Certificates
Stormwater MattersStormwater Matters Don’t Pollute – Drains To Waterways. Read more >
Hurricane Resources for St. Pete Beach
Hurricane season runs from June 1 – November 30, with the largest chance for potential storms in our area culminating in August and September. However, hurricanes can happen at any time. The storms that become hurricanes often travel great distances and we’re able to track them for several days before landfall.While their expected track and category may change, our government and weather advisors keep our residents and visitors well informed.
These resources can help as well.
Hurricane Season Preparedness:
Before the Hurricane Season:
- Know your evacuation zone and options. On St. Pete Beach, it may be necessary to evacuate. Visit website >
- Stock up on important supplies and create necessary checklists and plans. At the beginning of the season, our area has a tax-free shopping week for hurricane supplies to assist residents in taking the necessary precautions. Visit website >
- Visit webstie >.
- Download the Pinellas County Readiness App
- Make final decisions before the storm hits on whether you will stay or evacuate, keeping in mind some conditions and areas may be under mandatory evacuation orders.
- Check conditions along your evacuation route and shelter information/availability
- Note warnings about storm surge, flooding, and dangerous riptides. Most hurricane deaths are caused by storm surge. Do not ignore “a little water.”
There are several shelter options in Pinellas County
There are 3 pet-friendly shelters in the county. Gibbs High School is the closest to St. Pete Beach.
- Palm Harbor University High School 1900 Omaha St., Palm Harbor
- Largo High School - 410 Missouri Ave. N., Largo
- Gibbs High School - 850 34th St. S., St. Petersburg
During the Storm:
After the Storm: