Flooding is the most common and most costly natural disaster facing familities, businesses, and communities across the county.

There are 2 terms used for floods:

  • Flood: an overflow of water onto normally dry land, it may last days or weeks.
  • Flash Flooding: a flood caused by heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time, generally less than 6 hours.


  • Be aware of flooding alerts from the National Weather Service
    • Pay attention to emergency personnel for information and instruction.
  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.
    • Avoid driving, except in emergencies
  • Stay off bridges over fast moving water, which can wash the bridges away. 
  • Be aware of the risk of electrocution - do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water.
    • Turn off electricity to prevent electric shock, if it is safe to do so.