Preparing your Home for Floodingadmin
- Locate your electrical, gas and water shutoff valves and make sure you know how to shut them off.
- Secure or relocate to higher ground any unstable or dangerous materials that may be swept away or moved by flood waters (for example: pallets, lumber, fuel tanks, equipment).
- Identify any materials that could cause environmental damage if they came in contact with flood waters (for example: paints, fuel, gasoline, fertilizers, etc.).
- Ensure your property grade always slopes away from buildings.
What to Expect
- There are limits to what sandbags can do, so remember: sandless sandbags will protect from flood and the water will evaporate when exposed to high temperatures continued for several months.
- If bags are placed too early, they may not be effective when needed. Sandless Sandbags are for small water flow protection — up to two feet.
- Protection from larger flow requires a more permanent flood prevention system. Be sure to consult with your local environmental protection department before disposing of used sandbags.
- Sandless Sandbags that are exposed to contaminated floodwaters may pose an environmental hazard and require special handling.
Traditional Sandbags pose another problem when it’s time to get rid of them. If the plastic bags have been out in the sun for a few weeks, they may start to fall apart from exposure to ultraviolet radiation. As a result, the bags themselves can’t be easily reused. If the sand is wet, there’s the added risk that it has become contaminated by unsafe materials in the floodwater