Before a Flood
Flash floods can happen with little or no warning, but preparing in advance can help you avoid harm and reduce property damage.
Have a Plan Ready
Educate Your Children
For more tips and information, explore the Federal Emergency Management Agency's website for kids with your children.
Prepare an Emergency Kit
Collect these items and store them in a portable, water-tight container in an easily accessible location. You can find more information about preparing an emergency kit in the Flood Action Plan or at www.ready.gov/build-a-kit.
Purchase Flood Insurance
A house in the 100-year floodplain has a 26 percent chance of being flooded during a 30-year mortgage. That is more than five times the chance that the house will catch fire during the same period! Most standard homeowner's insurance policies do not cover flood damage.
The City of Boulder is taking action to reduce flood insurance premiums. As of 2013, city residents may receive up to a 25 percent discount on flood insurance rates.
More information about buying flood insurance, costs and coverage is available through the National Flood Insurance Program.
More Ways to Prepare Your Home
Keep It Clean
Every piece of trash and debris may contribute to flooding. Grass clippings and branches can accumulate and block creeks and culverts. If you control property crossed by a creek, you are responsible for maintaining the channel as set forth under Section 11-5-15, Boulder Revised Code 1981. If you see dumping or debris in ditches or streams, contact the Public Works Department at 303-441-3266.
Last Updated on Friday, 15 March 2013 17:15