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What to Do in Case of Flooding

Although floods can usually be predicted far in advance, it is possible that an unexpected flood event could occur very quickly. For your health and safety, please review some of the following information about what to do in the event of flooding on your property:

Turn off all utilities at the main switch or valve. Disconnect all electrical appliances. However, if you are wet or standing in water, do not attempt to touch anything electrical.

Move to higher ground if possible, but do not attempt to walk through moving water; six inches of flowing water can cause you to lose your balance. If you must walk through water, step where it is not moving, and use a long object to test the firmness of the ground in front of you.

Do not drive through floodwaters. Six inches of water can reach the bottom of most passenger vehicles and cause you to lose control, while a foot of water can float your vehicle. Flooding can also erode street surfaces, making them impossible to drive on safely.

Avoid bodily contact with floodwaters as much as possible. Floodwater may contain oil, sewage, or other health hazards. After a flood event, be sure to thoroughly disinfect any belongings you intend to keep that got wet.

Know your flood risks! Use the free FEMA Flood Map Service Center to better understand the potential flooding dangers to your property. You may also contact the Village of Montgomery at (630)896-8080 for additional advice or for a free on-site inspection by the Village’s Certified Floodplain Manager.

For more information about what to do before, during, or after a flood event, please visit this website operated by FEMA. Many additional FEMA publications are also available at the Oswego Public Library - Montgomery Campus and at the Sugar Grove Public Library.