Learn flood tips to keep you and your family safe
Floods kill more Americans each year than any other natural disaster. Only 6 inches of fast moving water could sweep a person off their feet and cars can become buoyant in about 2 feet of water. In addition to heavy rainfall, floods are caused by melting snow and rising rivers, lakes and streams. Listed below are helpful tips and information about floods to keep you and your family safe.
Staying Ahead of the Flood:
- Know your flood risk elevation and routes
- Visit the floods section of FEMA’s website to determine your risk at https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/flooding_flood_risks/ffr_overview.jsp
- If you live near the Scioto River, you can monitor the water gauge at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?03221000
- Pay close attention to water levels during heavy rain
- Avoid flood prone areas
- Never let children play close to creeks or storm drains
In the Event of a Flash Flood:
- Get to higher ground
- Never drive into flooded areas
- If your vehicle stalls in water, abandon it and get to higher ground
After a Flood:
- Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe
- Listen for news reports to learn whether the community’s water supply is safe to drink
- Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are serious health hazards.
- Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from flood water can contain sewage and chemicals.
What is your flood risk profile?
Knowing your relative flood risk level can help you assess your risk of financial loss. Click here to determine your flood risk.
O’Shaughnessy / Scioto River Gauge
Check these stations after a rain event. Compare variations in flow at different points on a stream, on the same day. Note the rates of rising and falling.
FCPH Factsheet on Flooding
Ohio Department of Health (ODH)
Disinfection Factsheet for Flooded Drinking Water Wells – ODH
FCEM&HS 2013 Risk assessment for Franklin County
FCEM&HS – Information on Flooding
National Weather Service
Flooding and Flash Flooding Brochure
Health and Safety Concerns with Floods
Basement Flood Safety Guide