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Protection Methods
There are several ways to protect your building from flood damage. Elevation of the structure is a method to permanently retrofit. One way is to keep water away by re-grading your lot or by constructing a small floodwall or earthen berm. These methods work if your lot is large enough, if flooding is not too deep, and if you property is not in a floodway. Another approach is to make your walls waterproof and to place watertight closures over the doorways. This method is not recommended for houses with basements or if water will get over two feet deep. "Wet flood proofing" to modify the structure and relocate the contents is also helpful; so that when floodwaters enter the building there is little or no damage.

The resources listed below are advertised to meet the requirements of the federal program, the Community Rating System (CRS).

It is always advisable to take the following emergency actions.

Before a Flood
  • Sandbag to reduce erosion and scouring.
  • Elevate furniture above flood protection levels.
  • Create floodway openings in non-habitable areas such as garage doors.
  • Seal off sewer lines to the dwelling to prevent backflow of sewer waters.
  • Turn off all the utilities at the main power breaker and shut off the main gas valve if you are evacuating.
  • Keep a battery powered radio tuned to a local station and folow any emergency instructions.
  • Secure or tie down any outdoor items, such as grills, furniture and trash cans.

For property protection or retrofitting advice, please contact the city's Utilities Department.

Precautionary Resources

After a Flood
  • Do not drive or walk through flooded areas.
  • Stay away from downed power lines.
  • When inspecting your home or business look out for animals displaced by the floodwaters, particularly snakes.
  • Call your insurance company immediately if you need to file a claim.
  • Do not turn on your gas or electricity until it has been inspected and is in working order.
  • Do not use open flames while inspecting your home or business. Use a flashlight instead.
  • Boil your water for five minutes before drinking or preparing food. Wait for local authorities to confirm your water is safe to drink.
  • Floodwaters pick up hazardous chemicals, sewage and pollutants. To protect you and your family’s health clean up your home or business immediately.

    Post Flood Recovery Resources