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Know the Terms Used to Describe Flooding

Flood Watch
Flooding is possible. Watches are issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) 12 to 36 hours in advance of a possible event.

Flash Flood Watch
Flash Flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground.  A Flash Flood could occur without warning.

Flood Warning
Flooding is occurring or will occur soon. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

Flash Flood Warning
A flash flood is occurring. Seek higher ground immediately and stay away from streams and creeks.

What to do In Case of a Flood

  • If you ever encounter flood waters NEVER attempt to walk or drive through them.
  • Stay away from ALL floodwaters.
  • Monitor Media reports.
  • Subscribe to Vermont Alert for up to the minute updates on weather, traffic, and others.
  • Ask local officials whether your property is in a flood-prone or high-risk area. Flood plain maps are available at most town offices or city halls.
  • Listen to local and state Public Safety officials and respond to their directives in a prompt manner.
  • Know your best flood evacuation routes, potential public shelters, and where to find high ground. In a flash flood, you may need to seek high ground on foot quickly.

What to do to Prepare for Flooding

  • Install ‘check valves’ in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains in your home.
  • Ensure your home is ready. Where possible, minimize damage from basement flooding by elevating utilities and materials that could be damaged by limited basement flooding.
  • Anchor fuel tanks to ensure that they do not wash away, creating a safety and environmental issue inside or outside the home.
  • Develop a Family Emergency Kit.
  • Make a Family Communication Plan. Designate an out of state relative as a central point of contact.
  • Be prepared to turn off electrical power when there is standing water, fallen power lines, or before you evacuate. Know how to safely turn off gas and water supplies before you evacuate.
  • Contact your insurance agent or local government to discuss flood insurance coverage.

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