Monsoon season has arrived here in Arizona. In anticipation of the potential of heavy, intense rainfall over the next couple of months, the Yavapai County Flood Control District encourages residents and visitors within Yavapai County to be prepared for heavy runoff and flash flooding. The Flood Control District encourages residents and visitors to be alert and aware of the conditions surrounding this anticipated event. Keep informed via radio, television, the internet (National Weather Service ), NOAA weather radio, and through the Yavapai County Emergency Management page. Also, the District recommends that residents and visitors review its Flood Safety page to be prepared before an event occurs.
A few additional reminders to help get prepared and to keep you safe:
- Clean out drainage ditches and drainage pipes on your property; if pipes are damaged, repair or replace them
- Secure or remove personal property that is in an area where storm water flows
- Raise personal property on blocks in and around your home if it is prone to flooding; secure objects on your property to prevent them from moving or being carried away by floodwaters, blocking downstream drainage facilities
- Get sand and prepare sand bags (locations of local sand bag availability can be determined through the Emergency Management page or via their office at 928-771-3321)
- Store materials like sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, and lumber for protection from floodwaters and to make quick repairs after a storm
- Contact your insurance agent to purchase or check your flood insurance coverage. Flood losses are not covered under normal homeowners’ insurance policies, but flood insurance is available through the National Flood Insurance Program . Contact your insurance agent or go to www.floodsmart.gov for more information.
- Stay informed and ahead of the storm by checking the local weather forecasts via the National Weather Service and other media outlets
- During heavy rainfall events, plan to stay put and not drive where flooding may occur
- Do not enter flooded roadway intersections or washes
- If you accidentally drive onto a flooded street, turn around if you can do so safely and drive to higher ground
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