Flood

  • Flooding can occur almost anywhere. The speed and duration of flooding can vary significantly
  • Kentucky experiences–flash floods, stormwater, backwater, and riverine flooding
  • Saturated conditions prior to rain events may exacerbate flooding
  • Flooding may cause fatalities or injuries, disrupt or destroy infrastructure (roads, bridges, culverts, water, wastewater, gas, electric), disrupt drinking water supplies, and cause erosion and landslides
  • Due to a varied topography and nearly 90,000 miles of rivers and streams, flooding is Kentucky’s most costly natural hazard
Read the full Kentucky Flood Preparedness Quick Guide Here

Before a Flood

  • Develop emergency plans and make an emergency kit
  • Develop evacuation plans with primary and alternate routes
  • Prepare with the Five Ps of Evacuation: People, Prescriptions, Papers, Personal Needs, Priceless Items
  • Document/photograph belongings, assets, and other important information (deeds, insurance, etc.)
  • Clear debris from gutters, downspouts, and drainage systems
  • Be familiar with your communities’ flood damage prevention ordinance so you can work with local officials to rebuild safely
  • Read the Kentucky Dept. of Insurance Before and After the Storm


During a Flood

  • Monitor and share flooding impacts to social media (Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #kywx)
  • Evacuate if needed and heed advice of local and state emergency officials
  • Never drive through flooded roadways – “Turn Around Don’t Drown”
  • Moving water has tremendous power. Six inches of moving water could knock you off your feet, and a foot of water can sweep a vehicle—even a large SUV—off of the road.
  • Stay out of flood waters! Flood waters can contain rocks, mud, other debris, oil, gasoline, and sewage. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers
  • Stay out of any building surrounded by floodwaters


After a Flood

  • If your home was flooded, you may only be able to enter when officials say it is safe to do so.
  • Use extreme caution when entering flooded buildings. There may be hidden damage, particularly in foundations. Check for loose boards and slippery floors.
  • For safety considerations protect yourself from electric shock, mold contamination, asbestos, and lead paint.
  • Turn off electricity at main breaker or fuse box. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or you are standing in water.
  • Use flashlights, not lanterns, torches, or matches, to examine buildings. Flammable gases may be inside the structure and open flames may cause a fire or explosion.
  • Document all damage before doing any work to the structure. Create a list of damage, record model numbers, take pictures or videos, etc.
  • Protect your home by opening doors and windows, covering any exterior damage, removing any mud or debris, draining the basement, and by checking for broken or leaking pipes
  • Contact local officials for guidance on damage assessments and flood insurance claims
  • Ensure authorizations and permits are secured prior to rebuilding. Federal, state and local officials work together to ensure a speedy permit review process.
  • Assess and implement mitigation strategies and actions for recovery
  • Find out if debris will be picked up curbside or if it must be taken to a designated location.
  • Contact the American Red Cross for disaster recovery info

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