One simple thing homeowners, business owners, and property owners can do to reduce flood damage, reduce polluted storm-water runoff, save money and beautify your yard at the same time is to Re-think your landscape. Plant native plants that will survive the occasional flood, attract birds and beneficial insects; not plants that need to be replaced after storms, not ones that require watering and costly pesticides etc.
Rare Find Nursery in Jackson, NJ put out this advice and coastal NJ native plant list shortly after Hurricane Sandy. Most serious nurseries in the area have native plants and can give you similar advice. Here is Rare Find’s Seaside Gardening Primer