In a flood, a little water can do a lot of damage. Did you know that just 6 inches of flood water can cause thousands of dollars of damage, 12 inches is enough to float and carry away a small vehicle and 18 to 24 inches of rushing water can be enough to float and carry away a full size pickup truck or SUV?
Everyone – including individuals, families, homeowners, renters, property owners, and business owners - should understand the flood risk for their home and property and the best ways to keep themselves, their loved ones, and their property safe from flooding now and in the future. Visit www.floodsmart.gov for more information.
Local authorities may issue an evacuation notice to alert residents that flooding will be or is occurring and it is important to leave the area. Evacuation orders vary by state and community, and may range from voluntary to mandatory.
Before a flood, reduce potential property damage by elevating utilities, waterproofing basements and installing sump pumps, sewer backflow valves, and water alarms. Flood insurance is the best way to protect your family from loss and is available to homeowners, renters, and businesses. It takes 30 days for flood insurance policies to take effect. Now is the time to purchase flood insurance. Don’t wait until it’s too late! Purchasing flood insurance provides financial protection for the cost of repairs due to flood damage. Standard insurance policies do not cover flooding, but flood insurance is available for homeowners, renters, and business owners through the National Flood Insurance Program.
Dangers still exist even after a disaster. You should avoid standing water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines. Return home only when authorities say it is safe. Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded and watch out for debris. Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways. Do not attempt to drive through areas that are still flooded.