During A Flood

If a flood is likely in your area:

  • Listen to the radio or television to learn what to do.
  • Know that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move quickly to higher ground. Do not wait to be told to move. 
  • Know that streams, drainage channels, canyons and other areas can flood quickly. Flash floods can happen in these areas with or without typical warnings. 

If you must leave:

  • Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture. Move important items to an upper floor.
  • Turn off water, gas and power at the main switches or valves if told to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances. DO NOT TOUCH electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  • Do not drive into flood areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, leave the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly. TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN!
  • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers or creeks, particularly during threatening weather.