Flooding occurs in many forms, from naturally occurring to human-induced. Common to all flooding is the accumulation of too much water in too little time in too small a place. From 1999 to 2008 Franklin County was subject to many different types of flooding and received as many as 10 flood warnings in a single year. Flooding is the No. 3 severe weather related killer in the U.S.

The National Climatic Data Center reported 84 flood events for Franklin County from 1950 to April of 2009, resulting in $3.83 million in property damage and $890,000 in crop damage. No deaths or injuries were reported.

Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security would like to offer the following safety preparedness information about floods to help keep you and your family safe.

Dangers of Floods:

• Only six inches of fast-moving water can sweep people off their feet.
• Cars can become buoyant in about two feet of water. 

Staying Ahead of the Flood:

• Understand flood terms such as flood watch, flood warning, and flash flood warning. 
• Plan multiple evacuation routes.
• Monitor NOAA weather radios for flood warnings. 
• Avoid flood prone areas, and never let children play close to creeks or storm drains. 

In a Flash Flood:

• Get to higher ground immediately, by foot if necessary. 
• Never drive into flooded areas. 

After a Flood:

• Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe. 
• Listen for news reports to learn whether the community’s water supply is safe to drink. 
• Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are serious health hazards. 
• Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. 

For more information about flooding visit: www.ready.gov/floods