Why be concerned? During the spring, frozen land prevents melting snow or rainfall from seeping into the ground. Each cubic foot of compacted snow contains gallons of water and once the snow melts, it can result in the overflow of streams, rivers, and lakes. Add spring storms to that and the result is often serious spring flooding. Facts: Everyone lives in a flood zone. Most homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage. Just an inch of water can cause costly damage to your property. Your home has a 26% chance of being damaged by a flood during the course of a 30-year mortgage, compared to a 9% chance of fire. A car can easily be carried away by just two feet of floodwater. Floods are the #1 natural disaster in the U.S.. More info visit: http://www.floodsmart.gov
What to do: Inspect and remove debris from local streambeds and drainage ditches. This can significantly reduce the threat of flooding. It is also advisable to verify the availability of sandbags in your community.
Involve your ward: You’re not in it alone! Be sure to spread the word in welfare meetings, Relief Society, Priesthood Quorums and other auxiliaries so they can report back to you if they notice any potential flooding.
Sample Initial Report - if you haven’t sent one in yet please send it in.
1. Risk: _______ (Low, Med or High)
2. Preparedness of Ward: #____ (options: 1 through 5 – 5 being well prepared with sand bags.)
3. Preparedness of Families for flooding: #____ (options: 1 through 5 – 5 being well prepared with sand bags.)
Details: Let us know any specific details of your contacts with the Presidencies.
Sample Weekly Report (Due every Tuesday until further notice):
Spring Runoff Report Dated: _______
Report: _________ (No Change or if there is a change provide the location of the runoff, flooding area or details about the flood if it has already been taken care of.)