While everyone welcomes Spring, too much rain can quickly result in flooding, the most common and costly natural disasters in the United States. Review the following safety tips to keep you and your property protected during the upcoming flood season:
- Never drive or walk through flooded streets. Six inches of moving water can sweep a person off their feet; twelve inches of water can move a car.
If a street is flooded, Turn Around; Don’t Drown.
- Floods are expensive. A few inches of water in a 1,000-square foot home could result in more than $10,000 in repairs and replacement of personal possessions. Visits FEMA’s data visualization website to learn more about the costs and impacts of floods in Illinois.
- Most insurance does not cover flood damage. Only flood insurance will cover the damage from floods. Speak with your insurance agent to learn more and remember flood insurance takes 30 days to take effect, so purchase now to protect your family!
- Talk with your family and make an emergency plan for you and your pets. No matter the disaster, it’s always a good idea to have emergency supplies ready at home, at work, and in the car.
You can learn more about the dangers of flooding and find information about flood insurance at Ready.gov/floods and Floodsmart.gov. Click on the link below to access the Village's Flood Protection Information.