FLOODING in the Forecast

Here's sound advice for homeowners who live in a flood prone area from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and FEMA.

By Gene And Katie Hamilton

FLOODING in the Forecast

Flooding throughout the country has taken a major toll on individual homeowners, entire neighborhoods and cities. If you’re a homeowner in a flood-prone or landslide-prone area being prepared for the potential devastation of water damage is important for the safety of your family and pets, not to mention other animals.

When you hear the forecast listen for whether it is a flood watch or warning.

A Flood Watch means flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area.

A Flood Warning means flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.

If you’re making improvement to your house consider these suggestions from the CDC:

  • Install sump pumps with backup power.
  • Have a licensed electrician raise electrical switches, etc. at least 1 foot above your home’s projected flood elevation. Install backflow valves or plugs to prevent from water from entering drains, toilets and other sewer connections.

They suggest everyone homeowner should:

  • Know the location of the main power switch and main gas valve.
  • Buy a fire extinguisher and instruct everyone in the family about its location and how to use it.
  • Designate a place near a telephone with emergency phone numbers.

Here's a link to the Interactive Flood Information Map from FEMA and the NWS.

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