Before the Flood

  • Know the elevation of your property in relation to flood plains, streams, and other waterways. Determine the danger to your property.
  • Ensure that storm drains, rain gutters, irrigation ditches, and culvert pipes are free of debris and ready to accommodate high flows of water.
  • Make advance plans of what to do and where to go.
  • Store food, water, and critical medical supplies (prescriptions, etc.).
  • Fill your car with gas in case you must evacuate.
  • Move furniture and essential items to higher elevation if time permits.
  • Have a portable radio and flashlights with extra batteries.
  • Open basement windows to equalize water pressure on foundations and walls.
  • Secure house and consider flood insurance.

During the Flood

  • Listen to local radio or TV for weather information.
  • If you are asked to evacuate, shut off main power switch, main gas valve, and water valve. Follow local evacuation plan and routes.
  • Do Not attempt to drive over a flooded road, as it may be washed out. While you are on the road, watch for possible flooding at bridges, dips, and low areas. Swiftly moving water of only one foot deep can easily move a car off the road to deeper flood areas.
  • Watch out for damaged roads, slides, and fallen electrical wires.
  • Drive slowly in water; use low gear.
  • If you are driving and your vehicle stalls, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground.
  • Do Not attempt to cross a stream on foot where water is above your knees.
  • Register at your designated Evacuation Center and remain there until informed to leave.

After the Flood

  • Remain away from evacuated area until public health officials and the building inspector have given approval.
  • Check for structural damage before re-entering.
  • Make sure electricity is off; watch for electrical wires. Leave electricity off until the area is dry and wiring has been inspected.
  • Do Not use an open flame as a light source due to possible gas leaks. Use flashlights and beware of dangerous sparks.
  • Do not use food that has been contaminated by flood water.
  • Do not drink tap water until health officials can certify its safety. Flooding can cause contamination of the water supplies. Contaminated water can contain micro-organisms that can cause diseases. Purify your water if you think it might be contaminated before drinking, cooking, washing dishes, or bathing.(boil 3-5 minutes)