Flood Safety Tips

  • Buy a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio with a battery backup for 24-hour alerts whether you're awake or asleep.
  • Know your area; when and where it frequently floods.
  • Know your evacuation routes. Plan more than 1.
  • Keep your automobile fueled; if electric power is cut off, gas stations may not be able to operate.
  • Monitor the weather, especially during outdoor activities near creeks and riverbeds.
    • A watch means conditions are right. Prepare.
    • A warning means it's happening now. Act! During flash flooding, you may only have seconds.
  • Be alert for signs of flooding (i.e. roadside drainage ditches filled, elevated creek or river levels, etc.).
  • Leave areas that are subject to flooding. Avoid areas that are already flooded.
  • Do not drive through flooded roadways. The road under flood waters may not be intact and there is no way to tell how deep the water is.
  • Do not drive around barricades.
  • Leave stalled vehicles immediately and get to higher ground.
  • If you are instructed to evacuate, do so promptly. Your location may not be under water, but the routes to safety may be.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it's harder to recognize flood dangers.
Street under water - SCCDEM photo
End of the road. Flood water covers Highway 94 near West Alton, Missouri. SCCDEM  photo