How to prepare for a flood

By Staff Report

August 22, 2007 at 3:49 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

If a flood is imminent, you still have time to protect yourself and property. When a flood watch or warning goes into effect, consider taking these last minute steps:

Move insured property to safety. If you are a flood insurance policyholder, you can be reimbursed up to $1,000 for moving insured property to another location (outside of the high-risk area) to protect it from floodwaters. Your policy will cover these belongings up to 45 days after relocation.

Double check all floodproofing to reduce risk of flood damage. Make sure appliances such as washer and dryers and hot water heaters, are elevated and secure. If you have installed flood vents make sure they are unobstructed and are in working order.

Place sandbags in flood-prone areas. In the event of a flood warning, St. Charles Parish establishes sandbag drop-off points (see list right).

A flood insurance policy will pay up to $1,000 for the cost to protect an insured building from a flood, specifically the cost to purchase and fill sandbags.

Sandbags can be effective for diverting the flow of water if used correctly. Visit www.FLASH.org for more information about proper use.

Continue to monitor flood watches/warnings. Listen to local radio and TV stations for information and advice. If told to evacuate, do so as soon as possible.

Evacuate if necessary. Make sure everyone in your family knows the evacuation route and out-of-state emergency contactís address and phone number.

Take important documents with you. Documents you'll need after the flood such as your flood insurance and homeowners policy, passport, and phone numbers - should be with you when you leave your home.

Donít forget your emergency supply kit. Food, bottled water, first aid supplies, medicines, and a battery-operated radio should be ready to go when you are.

Sandbag drop-off points...

East Bank:

District III

• Red Church Subdivision

• Ormond Fire House

District V

• Montz Recreation

• New Sarpy Recreation Park

• Norco Elementary School & Apple St.

• Norco Fire Station

West Bank:

• Hackberry St. southwest of pump station between Gassen St. and Luling Estate Dr.

District I

• Bamboo St. & Plantation Rd.

• Pioneer Dr. & Settlers Dr.

• King St. behind school

• End of River Park Dr.

• School House Rd. near railroad tracks

• Boutte Estate at Curve

District II

• Willowdale Blvd & E. Heather next to levee

• Rex St. between Davis Dr. & Evelyn Dr. east of Pump Station Rd.

• Sugarhouse Rd. & Angus Dr.

• Bernard Ave. near Pump Station

District IV

• Paradis Pump Station at Canal Boat Launch

• Up the Bayou Rd. near Pump Station

• Twin Bridge Rd. & Down the Bayou Rd.

• LA 631 (Old Spanish Trail) behind church

• LA 306 at Badeaux Ln. East

• Grand Bayou Rd. & Sunshine Dr.

District VII

• George Cousin Rd. & W. Heather St.

• Valencia St. & Primrose Dr.

• Primrose Dr., West of Lagatutta Pump Station between Wade St. & Oak St.

• Lakewood Elementary School

KNOW THE TERMS...

Flood Watch: Flooding is possible. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.

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

Flash Flood Watch: Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.

Flash Flood Warning: A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.

Always...

Keep a full tank of gas in your car if an evacuation seems likely. Gas stations may be closed during emergencies and unable to pump gas during power outages. Plan to take one car per family to reduce congestion and delay.

Visit FloodSmart.gov or call 1-800-427-2419 to learn more about how to prepare for floods, how to purchase a flood insurance policy and how to protect your home and property against flooding.




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