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Flood Preparedness

Increased snow melting and spring rains can cause flooding.  

  • If a FLOOD WATCH is issued, it means a flood is possible in the area.
  • A FLASH FLOOD WATCH means flash flooding is possible in the area. Be alert to signs of flash flooding and be ready to evacuate quickly.
  • A FLOOD WARNING means flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in the area. If a flood warning is issued, listen to local radio and television stations for information. If told to evacuate, do so as soon as possible.
  • A FLASH FLOOD WARNING means a flash flood is occurring or will occur very soon. If a flash flood warning is issued, evacuate immediately. There may only be seconds to escape. Act quickly and move to higher ground away from rivers, streams, creeks and storm drains. Do not drive around barricades. If the car stalls in rapidly rising waters, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.
Be Prepared

Being prepared when a flood or other natural disaster occurs, can make a difference.  In the event of a sudden emergency such as a flood, you may have just minutes to gather your family and important papers and get out of your house, possibly for good.  Are you prepared? Where would you go? What would you take with you?

With preparation and practice, you stand the best chance of getting out with what you and your family need. Planning ahead is crucial; use this five-step plan to get you and your family on the road to safety. 

Additional Resources:

Urban Drainage and Flood Control District