If you live in an area that’s likely to flood, you should:
- Listen to the radio or television for local information.
- Be aware of flash floods. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
- Be aware of streams, drainage channels, canyons, and other areas known to flood suddenly.
If you have to leave your home, do not walk through moving water or drive into flooded areas.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has more information about what to do during a flood and after a flood.
Image description: Before-and-after images show some of the results of recent intense Missouri River flooding near the city of Hamburg, Iowa (indicated by “A”). A closer look at the NASA image, acquired on July 17, shows that the brown sediment-choked waters went right up to the city limits — but not in. Hamburg was saved by its final defense, a 2-mile levee built with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and now under control of the city. Meanwhile, Americorps volunteers are helping to monitor the levee by checking for signs of weakness and other dangers.
Learn more about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and working with Americorps.
Photo used with permission from Jonathan Rahmani.