Department of Public Safety
Mayor urges residents to be prepared

Mayor Urges Residents, Businesses To Prepare For Possible Flood Event

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl warned those who are located within the low-lying areas as indicated by the flood plain maps to prepare now for an increased threat of flooding this weekend.

"We have been given as much advanced warning as possible that a flood is highly likely to occur this weekend," Ravenstahl said. "If you haven't already done so, prepare now, elevate items in your basement, protect your utilities and prepare your 72-hour All-Emergency kit. Check on your neighbors, especially the elderly and help to make sure they have the support that they need to get through this very serious situation."

Prepare Now

  • In the event that you lose power, know how you will stay tuned to the latest emergent information
  • Have a 72-hour All-Emergency kit
  • Be ready to evacuate if the order is given
  • Start moving valuable items out of basements to prevent loss of property
  • Elevate furnaces, water heaters and electric panels to higher floors if susceptible to flooding
  • Protect your utilities from water; turn them off if they're compromised
  • Store important documents in a water-proof box

Visit for more information on flood preparedness.

Weather Forecast

According to the National Weather Service, extensive snowmelt is expected from Tuesday through Friday. The ground will be saturated from the melting snow when significant rain is anticipated to begin Thursday into the weekend. The rain combined with melting snow in the mountains will raise river levels.

The extent of the flooding will greatly depend on the amount of rainfall that occurs across the forecasted area. Flood watches and warnings may be issued later in the week.

Know Your Flood Terminology and Prepare Now for Possible Evacuation

  • Flood Watch - Flooding is possible. Stay tuned to local media for updated information.
  • Flash Flood Watch - Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground.
  • Flood Warning - Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Flash Flood Warning - A flash flood is occurring or will occur soon; seek higher ground by foot and evacuate immediately.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
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