While Central Washington is known for its dry, sunny climate, the area is not immune to flooding, especially post-fire related flooding. In fact, Chelan County has experienced seven flood events and 22 fire events since 1972 for which Presidential Disaster Declarations were issued. While many flood events do not trigger federal disaster declarations, they significantly impact the communities in which they occur.
What can you do to prepare for a flooding event?
Our partners at Cascadia Conservation District in Wenatchee offer the following tips:
KNOW YOUR RISK
- ♦Be aware of the surrounding land and where potential flood waters would flow.
- ♦Survey your land for potential issues, such as clogged culverts and storm drains, and inspect the areas regularly.
- ♦Stay aware of changing weather conditions through local TV, radio, and internet. Localized, intense rain events pose the greatest risk.
REDUCE YOUR RISK
- ♦Inspect, maintain and clean out watercourses regularly, especially after rain storms.
- ♦Do not place debris, fences or yard waste in a watercourse.
- ♦Do not allow livestock in watercourses.
- ♦Do not build fences or other structures on, near, or across watercourses.
- ♦Remove excess vegetation and control noxious weeds in watercourses.
- ♦Dispose of refuse in designated areas only.
- ♦Secure loose items around your property. Large things that don’t normally float will float in flash floods.
CREATE A DISASTER PLAN
- ♦Keep detailed lists of belongings and photos of your property and belongings to file with an insurance claim should you need to. Keep copies somewhere other than your home.
- ♦Keep all valuables in a safe, waterproof place.
- ♦Purchase insurance that covers flood damage.
- ♦Assemble a disaster kit containing first aid supplies, flashlights and extra batteries, enough food and water for 72 hours, and any necessary medications.
- ♦Have your family make an emergency evacuation plan that everyone understands and that you practice occasionally.
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