Flood Preparedness

What do I need to know about floods?

Flash Flood Watch vs. Flash Flood Warning

  • A flash flood watch is issued when flash flooding is possible.
  • A flash flood warning means a flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.

How can I prepare my home for a flood?

  • Find out if your home is at risk for flood and educate yourself on the impact a flood could have on you and your family. Even very small streams, gullies, culverts, dry streambeds, or low-lying ground that appear harmless in dry weather can flood.
  • Most homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage. Talk to your insurance provider about your policy and consider if you need additional coverage.
  • The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) can help provide a means for property owners to financially protect themselves if additional coverage is required. The NFIP offers flood insurance to homeowners, renters, and business owners if their community participates in the NFIP.

Turn Around, Don't Drown!

  • Do not walk into or travel into water of unknown depth, or that is over your calf or hubcap deep in flooded areas. Did you know a 3 mph current of water can sweep the strongest people off of their feet?
  • Do not drive on a flooded road! Just a few inches of water can make cars float off the road. Wait for the water to recede, or find another route around the flooding.
  • If your vehicle stalls, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground.
  • Do not try to go back to your vehicle.  Many people drown while trying to rescue their cars.