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.
  • Learn where your electric water and gas main shut offs are in your home.
  • Know where, when, and how to obtain free sandbags if needed.
    • Individuals are encouraged to bring their own shovels for filling purposes.

Avoid parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall.

  • Monitor lake levels

During a Flood

  • "Turn Around, Don't Drown" Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters.
  • If caught in floodwaters, act quickly. Save yourself, not your belongings.
  • Listen to public officials for current emergency information and instructions.
  • If it seems like your home will flood significantly, shut off water, gas, and electrical services.

Cars stopping before entering flood waters  during a flooding event Infographic.