Flood Ready

 

Get Ready for Floods and Flash Floods

In September 2009, North Georgia experienced what scientists call one of the worst floods in the country in the last 100 years. Almost half of the state’s annual rainfall of 50 inches fell in some areas in only 24 hours. Ten people lost their lives, and the state insurance commissioner estimated the resulting damage to cost $250 million.

Statistically, the flood was worse than a 500-year flood. Seventeen counties, including Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Crawford, DeKalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Newton, Paulding, Rockdale, Stephens and Walker, received Federal disaster declarations.

Floods are the second most common and widespread of all natural disasters, after fire. In Georgia, many communities experience some kind of flooding after spring rains or heavy thunderstorms. Floods can be slow or fast rising but generally develop over a period of days. Dam failures are potentially the worst flood events. When a dam fails, a gigantic quantity of water is suddenly let loose downstream, destroying anything in its path.

Flash floods usually result from intense storms dropping large amounts of rain within a brief period. They occur with little or no warning and can reach full peak in only a few minutes. Communities particularly at risk are those located in low-lying areas, near water, or downstream from a dam.

Prepare for Flooding

  • Know your area’s flood risk – if unsure, call your local emergency management agency.
  • Property insurance does not typically cover flood damage. Talk to your insurance provider about your policy and consider if you need additional coverage. The National Flood Insurance Program is designed to provide reasonable flood insurance in exchange for the careful management of flood-prone areas by local communities. The program, administered by FEMA, is available in hundreds of participating Georgia communities.
  • Reduce potential flood damage by raising your furnace, water heater, and electric panel if they are in areas of your home that may be flooded.

Plan to Evacuate

  • Get a disaster supplies kit and prepare a portable Ready kit in case you have to evacuate. Plan how you will leave and where you will go if you are advised to evacuate.
  • If you have a car, fill the gas tank.
  • If you do not have a car, plan alternate means of evacuating.
  • Move your furniture and valuables to higher floors of your home.

Stay Informed

  • If it has been raining hard for several hours, or steadily raining for several days, be alert to the possibility of a flood.
  • Closely monitor a local radio station, TV station or NOAA Weather Radio for flood information.
  • Follow the instructions of local officials. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Do not drive around barricades. They are there for your safety.
  • NEVER drive through standing water. It only takes two feet of water to float a full-sized automobile.
    • More than half of flood victims are in vehicles swept away by moving water.
  • Move to higher ground away from rivers, streams, creeks, and storm drains.
  • Stay out of floodwaters if possible. The water may be contaminated or electrically charged. However, if your car stalls in rapidly rising waters, get out immediately and seek higher ground.
    • Six inches of fast-moving water can knock a person off his or her feet
  • Stay away from downed power lines to avoid the risk of electric shock or electrocution.
  • Do not return to your home until local authorities say it is safe. Even after floodwaters recede, roads and bridges may be weakened and could collapse. Buildings may be unstable, and drinking water may be contaminated. Use common sense and exercise caution.

Local Weather Alerts

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Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Ocmulgee River Near Abbeville Affecting Dodge...telfair And Wilcox Counties Oconee River Near Mount Vernon Affecting Montgomery...treutlen And Wheeler Counties The Flood Warning Continues For ...Read More.
Effective: December 19, 2018 at 3:16amExpires: December 19, 2018 at 5:16pmTarget Area: Dodge; Telfair; Wilcox

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Ocmulgee River Near Abbeville Affecting Dodge...telfair And Wilcox Counties Oconee River Near Mount Vernon Affecting Montgomery...treutlen And Wheeler Counties The Flood Warning Continues For ...Read More.
Effective: December 19, 2018 at 3:16amExpires: December 19, 2018 at 7:00pmTarget Area: Montgomery; Treutlen; Wheeler

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Savannah River Near Clyo. * At 8 Pm Tuesday The Stage Was 15.6 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Moderate Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Rise To Near 15.8 Feet By Early Wednesday ...Read More.
Effective: December 18, 2018 at 8:58pmExpires: December 19, 2018 at 8:58pmTarget Area: Effingham; Screven

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Savannah River At Burtons Ferry. * At 8 Pm Tuesday The Stage Was 17.1 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 15.0 Feet. * Minor Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Rise To Near 17.4 Feet By Friday Morning. ...Read More.
Effective: December 18, 2018 at 8:58pmExpires: December 19, 2018 at 8:58pmTarget Area: Screven

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ohoopee River Near Reidsville. * At 8 Pm Tuesday The Stage Was 11.9 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Minor Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Continue Rising To Near 12.9 Feet By ...Read More.
Effective: December 18, 2018 at 8:58pmExpires: December 19, 2018 at 8:58pmTarget Area: Tattnall; Toombs

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Satilla River At Atkinson Affecting Brantley County The Flood Warning Continues For The Satilla River At Atkinson. * Until Further Notice...or Until The Warning Is Cancelled. * At 7:45 Pm Tuesday The Stage Was 15.1 Feet. ...Read More.
Effective: December 18, 2018 at 8:45pmExpires: December 19, 2018 at 8:44pmTarget Area: Brantley

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Altamaha River At Baxley Affecting Appling...tattnall...toombs And Wayne Counties Altamaha River At Charlotteville Affecting Jeff Davis...montgomery And Toombs Counties Altamaha River At Doctortown Affecting Long And Wayne Counties ...Read More.
Effective: December 18, 2018 at 8:43pmExpires: December 19, 2018 at 8:42pmTarget Area: Appling; Tattnall; Toombs; Wayne

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Altamaha River At Baxley Affecting Appling...tattnall...toombs And Wayne Counties Altamaha River At Charlotteville Affecting Jeff Davis...montgomery And Toombs Counties Altamaha River At Doctortown Affecting Long And Wayne Counties ...Read More.
Effective: December 18, 2018 at 8:43pmExpires: December 19, 2018 at 8:42pmTarget Area: Jeff Davis; Montgomery; Toombs

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Altamaha River At Baxley Affecting Appling...tattnall...toombs And Wayne Counties Altamaha River At Charlotteville Affecting Jeff Davis...montgomery And Toombs Counties Altamaha River At Doctortown Affecting Long And Wayne Counties ...Read More.
Effective: December 20, 2018 at 7:00pmExpires: December 19, 2018 at 8:42pmTarget Area: Long; Wayne

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Florida... Ochlockonee River Near Thomasville (us 84) Affecting Grady And Thomas Counties Aucilla River At Lamont (us 27) Affecting Jefferson...madison And Taylor Counties ...Read More.
Effective: December 18, 2018 at 8:14pmExpires: December 20, 2018 at 10:36amTarget Area: Brooks; Lowndes

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Florida... Ochlockonee River Near Thomasville (us 84) Affecting Grady And Thomas Counties Aucilla River At Lamont (us 27) Affecting Jefferson...madison And Taylor Counties ...Read More.
Effective: December 19, 2018 at 7:00amExpires: December 23, 2018 at 2:30amTarget Area: Brooks; Lowndes

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Alapaha River At Statenville Affecting Echols County ...flood Warning Extended Until Thursday Afternoon...the Flood Warning Continues For The Alapaha River At Statenville. * Until Thursday Afternoon...or Until The Warning Is Cancelled. ...Read More.
Effective: December 18, 2018 at 8:08pmExpires: December 20, 2018 at 1:00pmTarget Area: Echols

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Florida And Georgia... St Mary`s River At Macclenny Affecting Baker...nassau And Charlton Counties The Flood Warning Continues For The St Mary`s River At Macclenny. ...Read More.
Effective: December 18, 2018 at 8:04pmExpires: December 19, 2018 at 8:04pmTarget Area: Charlton

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