Flooding is the most common disaster in the United States. It can easily sweep away homes, vehicles and people and causes untold money in repairs every year. Just 6 inches of water can sweep a person off their feet and just 12 inches can sweep away a vehicle. Consider purchasing flood insurance, most homeowner's insurance does not cover flooding, you can find more information about that here.

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  • Know your risk for flooding. You can use FEMA's Flood Map Center to find information.
  • Sign up for a warning system. Sagadahoc county uses the CodeRED Community Alerting system which is free to sign up with.
  • Know your evacuation routes.
  • Protect your home by doing things such as installing a sump pump, keeping important paperwork in watertight containers and keep drains and gutters clear of debris.

During a Flood:

  • NEVER drive or try to walk through flooded area's. A very small amount of water can easily wash you or a vehicle away.
  • Do not drive on bridges over flooded bodies of water. Swift moving water and debris can easily damage the structure of the bridge.
  • Listen to emergency alerts put out by authorities, the actions you may need to take will depend on the type of flooding that is occurring and where it is.