If Flooding Occurs
How To Get Set for Imminent Flooding
In the event that you are under a flood watch, here is how you can be ready and get set for what may come.
- Gather your emergency supplies, evacuation items, and review evacuation routes in case your are asked to evacuate.
- Be aware that flash flooding can occur during periods of heavy or extended rainfall. If there is a possibility of a flash flood in your area, immediately move to higher ground. Do not wait for an evacuation order.
- Fill the gas tanks in your vehicles.
- Bring in outside furniture that could be carried away by floodwaters.
- Move furniture and other valuables to high points inside your home.
- Fill and place sandbags, if necessary.
- Monitor gutters, drains, and other areas such a v-ditches that could cause flooding. Clear debris immediately to prevent clogging or damming.
During a Flood
- When asked to leave, evacuate to higher ground or an established shelter.
- Remember to take your emergency supplies, cash and credit cards, photos, important papers, proof of insurance, prescriptions, and pet supplies.
- Stay out of flood waters and avoid moving water. Do not try to walk, swim, or drive through moving water. As little as six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. Two feet of water is enough to carry away a passenger vehicle.
- Stay away from downed power lines and piles of debris.
- Constantly monitor news media and other information sources for weather and emergency updates.
- When evacuating, be aware of stream channels, drain channels, canyons, and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods in these areas can occur without warning.
- Avoid parking or camping near streams, rivers, or creeks. The water may rise very quickly.
- Use a secondary evacuation route, if your primary route is blocked by water or mud or debris flows.
- Do not drive around barriers. Roadways may have been washed out, undermined, or otherwise damaged by flood waters.
- Stay on firm ground. If forced to walk through mud-covered areas, use a stick to gauge the depth of the mud in front of you.
- Avoid standing water. It may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or sewage, or electrically charged by underground or downed power lines.
- Flooding may have caused familiar places to change. Floodwaters can erode roads and walkways. The area may be very slippery and make walking difficult. Flood debris may hide animals, broken glass, or other dangerous items.