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Floods & Flash Floods

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Do you know the difference between floods and flash floods?

Floods can be slow or fast rising, but generally develop over a period of days.

Flash Floods usually results from intense storms dropping large amounts of rain within a brief period. They can occur without warning and reach full peak quickly. Communities located in low lying areas, near water or down stream from a dam are at high risk.

The following is a list of ways you can be prepared before a flooding situation occurs.

  • Know your area's flood risk. If you're unsure, call your local emergency management agency, or planning and zoning department.
  • Property insurance does not typically cover flood damage. Talk to your insurance provider to see if you may need additional coverage. 
  • Familiarize yourself with terms associated with a flood.
    • Flood watch:
      • Widespread flooding possible in your area
      • Be prepared to evacuate 
      • Issued when flooding is expected to occur 6 to 12 hours after rain ends.
    • Flood warning:
      • Flooding expected in your area within 6 to 12 hours
  • Prepare a portable ready kit in case you have to evacuate, and plan your route in advance.
  • Keep insurance policies, documents and other valuables in a safe deposit box and copies in a waterproof container in your ready kit.
  • Raise water heaters, electric panels, etc if they are in areas that may flood.
  • Move furniture and valuables to higher floors.
  • Create a communications plans and choose an external meeting place in case your family is unable to meet at home.
  • Determine an out of town contact. If local lines are out of service, plan to use your mobile device.
  • Plan ahead for your pets. Shelters cannot accept pets, so it's important to find a pet friendly hotel or make other arrangements.

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