Flood Safety

The Alabama Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service have developed a flood warning system. Warnings will be disseminated by radio, TV, and weather radio. The flood warning system is intended to provide up to one-hour advance warning of a flood hazard. FLASH FLOOD WATCH  means the conditions are favorable for flash flooding in the watch area. FLASH FLOOD WARNING  means that flash flooding is imminent or has been reported in the warning area.

All residents residing near a flood hazard area should be concerned about flood events. Fast-moving flood waters, sometimes accompanied by logs and debris, can rise very rapidly. There are several actions you can take to lessen the danger of the flood hazard to your family and property, including:

  1. Know the flood warning procedures.
  2. Have an evacuation plan for yourself, your family and pets. Plan escape routes and strategies now before the flood occurs.
  3. During times of heavy rainfall, monitor the level of water in the drainage way. Stay tuned to radio and TV for possible flood watches and warnings.
  4. Evacuate the flood hazard area in times of impending flood or when advised to do so by the police or fire department.
  5. Do not attempt to cross a flooding stream on foot or by car.
  6. If your car stalls in high water abandon it immediately and seek higher ground.
  7. Keep children away from flood waters, ditches, culverts and storm drains.

Be especially cautious of flood hazards at night. Have a plan for safely returning to your flooded home or business. Documents and assistance are available from the Planning Department and Autauga County Emergency Management Agency concerning repairing your flooded structure.