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 Alabama... Florida...georgia... Chattahoochee River At Columbia L&d Affecting Houston...jackson... Early And Seminole Counties The Flood Warning Continues For The Chattahoochee River At Columbia L&d. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 1:40pmExpires: February 24, 2020 at 6:40amTarget Area: Early; Seminole

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Ocmulgee River Near Macon Affecting Bibb...houston...jones... Monroe And Twiggs Counties Ocmulgee River Near Hawkinsville Affecting Bleckley And Pulaski Counties Ocmulgee River Near Abbeville Affecting Dodge...telfair And Wilcox ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 11:01amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 1:00amTarget Area: Bibb; Houston; Jones; Monroe; Twiggs

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Ocmulgee River Near Macon Affecting Bibb...houston...jones... Monroe And Twiggs Counties Ocmulgee River Near Hawkinsville Affecting Bleckley And Pulaski Counties Ocmulgee River Near Abbeville Affecting Dodge...telfair And Wilcox ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 11:01amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 1:00amTarget Area: Bleckley; Pulaski

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Ocmulgee River Near Macon Affecting Bibb...houston...jones... Monroe And Twiggs Counties Ocmulgee River Near Hawkinsville Affecting Bleckley And Pulaski Counties Ocmulgee River Near Abbeville Affecting Dodge...telfair And Wilcox ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 11:01amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 1:00amTarget Area: Dodge; Telfair; Wilcox

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Ocmulgee River Near Macon Affecting Bibb...houston...jones... Monroe And Twiggs Counties Ocmulgee River Near Hawkinsville Affecting Bleckley And Pulaski Counties Ocmulgee River Near Abbeville Affecting Dodge...telfair And Wilcox ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 11:01amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 1:00amTarget Area: Telfair; Wheeler

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Oconee Affecting Johnson...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Dublin Affecting Johnson...laurens...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Mount Vernon Affecting Montgomery...treutlen And ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:50amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 12:50amTarget Area: Johnson; Laurens; Washington; Wilkinson

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Oconee Affecting Johnson...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Dublin Affecting Johnson...laurens...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Mount Vernon Affecting Montgomery...treutlen And ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:50amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 12:50amTarget Area: Johnson; Washington; Wilkinson

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Oconee Affecting Johnson...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Dublin Affecting Johnson...laurens...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Mount Vernon Affecting Montgomery...treutlen And ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:50amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 12:50amTarget Area: Montgomery; Treutlen; Wheeler

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Coosa River Near Rome Mayos Bar L & D Park Affecting Floyd County Coosa River Near Plant Hammond Affecting Floyd County The Flood Warning Continues For The Coosa River Near Rome Mayos Bar L & D Park. * Until Further Notice. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:34amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 12:33amTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Coosa River Near Rome Mayos Bar L & D Park Affecting Floyd County Coosa River Near Plant Hammond Affecting Floyd County The Flood Warning Continues For The Coosa River Near Plant Hammond. * Until Further Notice. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:34amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 12:33amTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ogeechee River Near Eden. * At 9 Am Sunday The Stage Was 15.4 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Moderate Flooding Is Occurring And Major Flooding Is Forecast. * Forecast, The River Will Continue Rising To Near 16.1 Feet By ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:22amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:22amTarget Area: Bryan; Bulloch; Chatham; Effingham

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ogeechee River Near Rocky Ford. * At 10 Am Sunday The Stage Was 13.7 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 13.0 Feet. * Minor Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Continue To Fall. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:22amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:22amTarget Area: Bulloch; Jenkins; Screven

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ogeechee River At Midville. * At 10 Am Sunday The Stage Was 8.1 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 6.0 Feet. * Minor Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Rise To Near 8.2 Feet By This Afternoon ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:22amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:22amTarget Area: Burke; Emanuel; Jenkins

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Savannah River Near Clyo. * At 9 Am Sunday The Stage Was 18.2 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Moderate Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Rise To Near 18.5 Feet By Early Wednesday ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:22amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:22amTarget Area: Effingham; Screven

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Canoochee River Near Claxton. * At 9 Am Sunday The Stage Was 14.3 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Moderate Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Continue To Fall. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:22amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:22amTarget Area: Evans

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Savannah River At Burtons Ferry. * At 10 Am Sunday The Stage Was 18.4 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 15.0 Feet. * Minor Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Remain Nearly Steady Or Slowly Fall. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:22amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:22amTarget Area: Screven

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ohoopee River Near Reidsville. * At 10 Am Sunday The Stage Was 21.2 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Major Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Rise To Near 21.3 Feet By This Afternoon ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:22amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:22amTarget Area: Tattnall; Toombs

Flood Warning
...forecast Flooding Changed From Minor To Moderate Severity For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Altamaha River At Doctortown Affecting Long And Wayne Counties ...forecast Flooding Increased From Minor To Moderate Severity... The Flood Warning Continues For The Altamaha River At Doctortown. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:21amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:21amTarget Area: Long; 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 Everett City Affecting Glynn...mcintosh And ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:20amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:19amTarget 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 Everett City Affecting Glynn...mcintosh And ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:20amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:19amTarget Area: Glynn; McIntosh; 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 Everett City Affecting Glynn...mcintosh And ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:20amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:19amTarget Area: Jeff Davis; Montgomery; Toombs

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Kinchafoonee Creek Near 11 E Of Dawson At Pinewood Rd In Lee County Affecting Lee County ...flood Warning Extended Until Further Notice...the Flood Warning Continues For The Kinchafoonee Creek Near 11 E Of Dawson At Pinewood Rd In Lee ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:16amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:15amTarget Area: Lee

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River At Bainbridge (us 27) Affecting Decatur County The Flood Warning Continues For The Flint River At Bainbridge (us 27). * From Monday Evening, Or Until The Warning Is Cancelled. * At 9:45 Am Sunday The Stage Was 23.4 Feet. ...Read More.
Effective: February 24, 2020 at 9:00pmExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:15amTarget Area: Decatur

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River At Newton (sr 37) Affecting Baker And Mitchell Counties The Flood Warning Continues For The Flint River At Newton (sr 37). * From Monday Evening, Or Until The Warning Is Cancelled. * At 9:45 Am Sunday The Stage Was 19.7 Feet. ...Read More.
Effective: February 24, 2020 at 10:45pmExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:14amTarget Area: Baker; Mitchell

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River At Albany Affecting Dougherty County The Flood Warning Continues For The Flint River At Albany. * From Late Tonight, Or Until The Warning Is Cancelled. * At 9:45 Am Sunday The Stage Was 23.7 Feet. ...Read More.
Effective: February 24, 2020 at 5:48amExpires: February 25, 2020 at 4:00amTarget Area: Dougherty