If you live near a small stream, an additional hazard from flash flooding
may be present should severe local storms or winter ice jams occur.
Flash floods may occur with little or no warning. You must be prepared to evacuate quickly.
* For added information, buy your own NOAA weather radio to receive transmissions from the national Weather Service.
* Tune in to radio and television stations for evacuation procedures.
* Follow directions of emergency personnel and police officers directing you out of the area.
* Do not cross barricaded routes.
* Do not delay.
* Turn off water, gas and electricity at shut off points. Never touch the switch while you are wet or standing in water.
* Pack medications, extra footwear, protective clothing and a change of clothes.
* Take a battery radio, flashlight, ready-to-eat foods, drinking water and infant supplies.
* Open basement windows to let water in to equalize pressure.
* Move important or expensive items (such as washers, dryers, etc.) to a higher floor.
* Put small appliances in plastic bags and store in a high place.
* Lock your doors when you leave.
* Try to provide for pets and farm animals.
* To permanently flood proof your home, elevate or relocate washers/dryers, furnaces, water heaters, etc.
Basement drains & backwater valves can be installed, and floodwalls can be placed around utility.