and After a Flood
important consideration during a flood is the safety of you and your
family. Flood waters can rise very rapidly. Be prepared to evacuate
before waters reach your property.
long period of rain and/or melting snow can cause a river to overflow
its banks. In some cases, flood waters may rise slowly, and it can take
hours or even days before flooding occurs. A dam or dike failure can
cause a quick dramatic rise in rivers. You can monitor river levels
by calling the Skagit County Public Works Department Hotline at 416-1404
your radio tuned to your local
Emergency Alert System (EAS) station to find out if you need to
evacuate and how much time you have.
Flood Warning from the National Weather Service
means flooding is occurring or will occur soon. Evacuate if you are
told to do so.
a flood warning, take the following actions:
- Secure your home
before leaving. Turn off electricity, gas and water if possible.
- Fill your cars
gas tank. Gasoline pumps will not be working if electricity has been
- If theres
time, some items to take with you are:
- Food if you
require a special diet
enough for at lest 24 hours
items toiletries, documents, photo albums, etc.
sleeping bags, blankets, pillows
- Baby or child
- Money - cash,
credit cards, checks
- Proper identification
especially important for small children
will be not be allowed at shelters.
Waters The Most Dangerous!
Rushing water from floods and flash floods is extremely deceptive
and dangerous. It is possible to be swept away in flood waters only
one-foot deep. Remember:
- Police barricades
are there for your protection. DO NOT DRIVE AROUND THEM.
- Walking or
driving through flood waters is the most dangerous thing you can
Shelters. If you arent staying with relatives or
friends, designated shelters operated by the Red Cross are available.
Listen to the EAS or call the Skagit County Department of Emergency
Management at 416-1850 for locations.
If you have special
transportation problems, call the Department of Emergency Management
After the Flood
- Do not use food
or water that has come into contact with contaminated flood waters.
- Until the public
water system has been declared safe, water for drinking and food preparation
should be boiled vigorously for ten minutes.
- Re-entering Your
- Before entering,
check for structural damage that could cause collapse. Turn off
any outside gas lines at the meter or tank and let the house air
for several minutes.
- Do not strike
a match when entering your home. There may have been a gas leak.
- Be careful
about turning the power on again. Watch for electrical shorts
or live wires. Do not use water damaged appliances.
- Document your
flood losses and contact your insurance agent for flood loss claims.
- Follow procedures
for safe clean-up of household items, food, water supply, and property.
- Dry your house
slowly. Carpets and drywall may have to be removed. Remember, water
can get trapped between walls and will not dry.
- If your home
or business has received extensive structural damage, this may be
the time to elevate or floodproof the structure.