Eddy County Emergency Management

FLOODS

Flooding is the most common natural disaster. It can even happen in the desert.  Usually, flooding is caused by an extended period of rain, but sometimes flooding occurs without any sign of rain, as can happen in flash floods.

It is extremely important to be prepared for floods if you live anywhere near water.  Even a small dry creek bed can overflow and create flooding.

  • If you are asked to evacuate, turn off electricity to the house.  Do not turn off the gas unless local authorities have told you to do so.
  • Do not walk in moving water.  Even a little bit of rushing water can cause you to fall.  If you have to walk in the water, walk where it is not moving and use a stick to check the ground in front of you for instabilities, holes and other hazards.
  • Look for downed power lines and stay out of water that is anywhere near them. 
  • Never let your children play in high water or go near storm drains or any rushing water.
  • If your garage or basement has been flooded, do not walk through it as their may be hazardous materials in the water.
  • NEVER DRIVE OVER A FLOODED ROAD.  You cannot accurately gage the depth or the speed of the water.  Never attempt to move a vehicle that has stalled in water. If you can get out of the car safely, do so.

KNOW THESE WEATHER TERMS

  • Flood Watch:  Flooding is possible in your area.
  • Flash Flood Watch:  Flash flooding is possible in your area.
  • Flood Warning:  Flooding is occurring or will occur soon.  If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Flash Flood Warning:  A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.