Flood Danger Update
According to the County, the all-time record snowpack in our area occurred in 2011. This year's snowpack is lower than 2011 in the lower elevations, but exceeds 2011 levels in the higher elevations. See here for the numbers and charts. The levels are beginning to pleateau and are likely are headed back down due to our recent warming trend. Never wanting to overly-optimistically prognosticate, however, the County cautions that it all depends on what the weather does in the next several weeks
What you can do to help
Residents living along a creek bed can help to prevent flooding by removing any log piles, branches, or other debris that might get caught in rising water and carried downstream where it could create a blockage.
If you notice debris piling up in areas of the creeks, on grates or culverts, it is important to notify County Flood Control Maintenance at 385-468-6578 as soon as possible so that the creek can be cleared before high runoff starts. Emergency contact information is below.
Holladay will continue to work with the County to monitor runoff and keep you informed of potential flooding issues.
The County has also has flood preparedness information here on its website. The County's two-phase Flood Emergency Operation Plan can be found here.
BEFORE A FLOOD
- Check with your local floodplain administrator to determine if you live in a flood-prone area.
- View an interactive flood map of FEMA’s National Flood Hazard Layer. http://fema.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=cbe088e7c8704464aa0fc34eb99e7f30
- Prepare a family disaster plan for floods, earthquakes and fires. Make an emergency kit for your home and for your car with emergency supplies such as a flashlight, batteries, water and non-perishable food. Move insurance policies, documents and other valuables to a safe deposit box.
- Be aware of the locations of streams and drainage channels in your neighborhood.
- Learn how to turn off utilities to your home and keep your car’s gas tank full so you won’t be stranded.
- Learn the best route to high ground to avoid flood waters.
- The smartest thing you can do to prepare for floods is purchase flood insurance.
DURING A FLOOD
- Be aware that flash flooding can occur and move immediately to higher ground.
- Listen to a radio or television for the latest storm information.
- If you must evacuate, turn off utilities at the main switches or valves. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
- If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Evacuation is easier and safer before floodwaters become too deep.
- Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you and to aid in balance.
- Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground. You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away. A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including SUVs and pick-ups.
AFTER A FLOOD
- Listen for news reports on whether the community’s water supply is safe to drink.
- Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
- Stay away from downed power lines, and report them to your power company.
- Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
- Never try to walk, swim, drive or play in floodwater.
- Stay out of any building that is surrounded by floodwaters. Use extreme caution when entering buildings; there may be hidden damage.
- Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits and leaching systems as soon as possible.
- Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals.