Flood Safety

Things to Do & Not to Do in a Flood

  • Keep a battery-powered radio tuned to a local radio station and follow all instructions given. Be prepared to evacuate at a moments notice.
  • Do not walk through flowing water. Currents can be deceptive; six inches of moving water can knock the average person off their feet.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires. Electrocution is another major source of deaths in floods. Electric current passes easily through water.
  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
  • If your car stalls in a flooded area, abandon it as soon as possible. Floodwaters can rise very rapidly and sweep a car away. A foot of water will float many vehicles.

Property / Structure Protection

Before and especially in the hours prior to the threat of flooding:
  • Move important papers, jewelry, clothing, collectibles and other valuable contents to upper floors or higher elevations.
  • Bring outdoor possessions (lawn furniture, garbage cans, tools and other moveable objects) indoors, or tie them down securely to prevent them from being swept away or thrown about.
  • Furnaces, electrical panel boxes, washers/dryers and hot water heaters should be elevated or relocated to areas that are less likely to flood. Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

Drainage System Maintenance

If your property is located adjacent to a creek or other waterway, please try to keep the banks and channel clear of debris. Any filling or dumping of grass clippings, branches, other types of yard wastes and trash can obstruct the flow of water or reduce the conveyance capacity, which could potentially cause flooding problems to upstream properties. If you observe any filling, dumping or evidence of past filling or dumping in any watercourse in the Village, please call the Public Works Department at 847-272-4711.