Flash Flood - Are you ready for a flood or flash flood?
Know What to ExpectKnow your area's flood risk - if unsure, call your local American Red Cross Chapter at 831-462-2281. If it has been raining hard for several hours, or steadily raining for several days, be alert to the possibility of a flood. You can view the Flood Focus Brochure, the Flood Map and the Current River Levels (Pajaro River):
Information About Floods & How to Prepare for Them
- Floods can take several hours to days to develop.
- Flash floods can take only a few minutes to a few hours to develop.
- A flash flood WATCH means flash flooding is possible in your area.
- A flash flood WARNING means a flash flood is occurring or will occur very soon.
- Prepare a Home Flood Plan
- Check your homeowner's or renter's insurance to see if it covers flooding. If not, find out how to get flood insurance.
- Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box.
- Assemble a flood safety kit containing the following:
- First Aid Kit
- Canned food and a non-electric can opener
- Bottled water
- Rubber boots and rubber gloves
- Battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries
When a Flood Watch is Issued
- Move your furniture and valuables to higher floors of your home.
- Fill your car's gas tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued.
When a Flood Warning is Issued
- Listen to local radio and television stations for information and advice. If told to evacuate, do so as soon as possible.
When a Flash Flood Watch is Issued
- Be alert to signs of flash flooding and be ready to evacuate on a moment's notice. Or if you think a flash flood has already started, evacuate immediately. You may have only seconds to escape. Act quickly!
- Move to higher ground away from rivers, streams, creeks, and storm drains. Do not drive around barricades, they are there for your safety.
- If your car stalls in rapidly rising waters, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.