Reducing Flood Damages

Before a Flood
  • Do not dump or throw anything into ditches, streams, or drainage inlets (Please do your part to keep the banks clear of brush and debris).
  • Notify your Public Works Department if you see debris in these areas.
  • Check with the Building Department before building, altering, regrading, or placing fill on your property (a permit may be needed).
  • Notify your Building Department of non-permitted building or grading.
  • Homeowner's insurance does not cover damages from floods.
  • If your community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, you can purchase a separate flood insurance policy backed by the Government.
  • If a flood is suspected, shut off your gas and electricity and move valuables to highest locations.
During a Flood
The number one cause of flood deaths is drowning, and the second leading cause of death during a flood is electrocution.
  • In standing water, make sure the ground in front of you has not eroded away.
  • Do not drive around road barriers, water only two feet deep can carry your car away.
  • Electrical currents can travel through water, stay away from power lins and wires.
  • Report downed power lines to Pacific Gas and Electric, or police service provider.
  • Some appliances keep electrical charges even after they have been unplugged.
  • Do not use appliances or motors that have gotten wet.
After a Flood
  • Be aware of small animals that have been flooded out of their homes, they may try to seek shelter in yours.
  • The ground and floors may be slippery and covered in debris, including broken bottles and nails.
  • Be alert for gas leaks. Do not smoke or use candles, lanterns, or open flames unless you know the gas has been turned off and the area has been ventilated.