During: What do I do if it is flooding near me?

How do I respond or keep safe during flooding?

Conditions that cause floods include heavy or steady rain for several hours or days that saturates the ground. Flash floods occur suddenly due to rapidly rising water along a stream or low-lying area.

    You will likely hear weather forecasters use these terms when floods are predicted in your community:
  • Flood/Flash Flood Watch—Flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area.
  • Flood/Flash Flood Warning—Flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.

Turn around don't drown.

Over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water.

What measures may help me stay safe during flooding?

Some basic tips include stay informed and avoid floodwater. Several agencies offer other important tips.

How should I monitor weather conditions?

Beyond the local news, and public broadcast system, the following links provide current information on flooding.

What can I do to protect my property?

During a flood hydrostatic forces can build up on basement foundations walls. This can cause a basement to collapse.
Basements collapse from water pressureBasement walls can collapse under hydrostatic force.
Photo Skydell Contracting.

What if we are required to evacuate?

How can I help others in times of disaster?

Turn around don't drown.

Turn Around Don't Drown. Follow the National Weather Service during heavy storms for updates on flash flooding.