During a Flood Event
During a flood watch or warning, the following checklists will guide you through things to keep in mind before, during and after a flood happens.
When Flooding is Imminent
- Clear out essential belongings in basements or levels known to flood by bringing objects to higher floors or elevation.
- Remove debris and other objects from storm drains and gutters.
- If possible, bring outdoor belongings inside.
- Turn off utilities in flood-prone areas if safe to do so.
- Learn where your electric water and gas main shut offs are in your home.
- Stay informed about evacuation and sheltering plans.
- Know where, when, and how to obtain free sandbags if needed.
- Avoid parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall.
- Monitor lake levels.
During the Flood
- Turn Around, Don't Drown - avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
- If caught in floodwaters, act quickly - save yourself, not your belongings.
- Listen to public officials for current emergency information and instructions.
- If told to do so, evacuate immediately.
- Secure your home by locking all windows and doors before evacuating.
- Shut off water, gas, and electrical services.
After the Flood
- Seek necessary medical care.
- Monitor updates via public officials, NOAA Weather Radio, or local TV/radio stations.
- Let friends and family know you're safe.
- If evacuated, wait to return home until the area has been declared safe.
- Do not return to a disaster area - this is unsafe and may hamper urgent emergency response and rescue operations.
- Follow recommended routes while watching out for washed out roads, downed trees, or power lines.
- Do NOT enter a building if it is still flooded or surrounded by floodwater.
- Check home for structural damage.
- Keep children and pets away form hazardous sites and floodwater.
- Take pictures of any damages for insurance purposes.
- Seek information relating to the closest Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) for immediate resources and services such as food, clothing, and first aid.
After officials have declared your home's area safe, follow these guidelines when returning home:
Wear protective clothing including rubber gloves and boots when cleaning up.
- The most common injury following a disaster is cut feet.
- Keep windows and doors open for ventilation.
- Do not turn on electrical appliances until they have been checked by an electrician.
- Do not use open flame as a source of light - use a flashlight.
- If the public water system has been declared unsafe by health officials, boil all water vigorously for 10 minutes before use.
- Throw away any medicine or food that has come in contact with water.
- Throw out items that absorb water and cannot be cleaned or disinfected.
- Pump out flooded basements or other flooded areas gradually (about 1/3 of the water per day) to avoid structural damage.
- Service damaged sewage systems as soon as possible.
- Follow City instructions for debris removal and disposal.
- Report the flooding you experience to the City.