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Tips for flood preparation

FloodPlanning is a vital part of fighting a flood.

“Knowing what to do will help keep you and your family from panicking and having to make last-minute decisions,” says Ken Hellevang, NDSU Extension agricultural engineer and flooding expert.

Here are some tips to help you be prepared in case flooding occurs in your area:

  • Check with local officials for information on the risk of flooding, listen to the radio, watch TV or visit your city or county’s website for the latest flood information.
  • Make sure your sump pump is operating properly.
  • Move snow away from the house to limit the potential for seepage into the basement. Also, move snow away from the foundations of other buildings.
  • Get downspouts in place so they carry melting snow away from your house.
  • Build a dike around your home or other structure if flooding is expected or obtain supplies to build a dike.
  • Keep water out of window wells. Build dams and contour the ground so water drains away from the house.
  • Gather water, food that doesn’t need cooking or refrigeration, a nonelectric can opener, battery-powered radio and flashlights and extra batteries in case you lose electrical power.
  • Verify that your tetanus vaccination is up-to-date.

More flood information can be found here.

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