7 Things to Do During a Flood

All of us at ARS are watching Hamburg, Iowa, which is part of our service area, with concern. The swollen Missouri River threatens to inundate Hamburg due to a faltering levee nearby.

The Associated Press says about half of Hamburg’s roughly 1,100 residents were ordered on Sunday 6/5 to leave their homes within 24 hours. The evacuation was expected to be completed earlier this week.

If flooding is possible where you live, take these steps:

  1. Listen to the radio or television for information.
  2. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
  3. Be aware of streams, drainage channels and other areas known to flood suddenly.
  4. Move essential items to the upper floor of your home.
  5. 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.
  6. Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  7. Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.

See FEMA’s website for more information.