Lately, the Tri-state has seen some pretty extensive flooding and not everyone knows what they should do in flood conditions since flooding isn't a frequent or predictable natural disaster in this area. Floods can happen quickly and with almost no warning. According to, the following safety tips should be followed in the event that a flood warning is issued in your area:

  • Do not walk or drive through flood waters - 6 inches of moving water can knock a person down and one foot of moving water can sweep vehicles away.
  • Do not drive on bridges over fast-moving floodwaters - the water can scour foundation material and make bridges unstable.
  • Immediately seek out higher ground.
  • Abandon vehicles surrounded by standing water and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
  • Do not camp or park along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall.
  • Turn on your TV/radio to receive the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Build or restock first aid and emergency kits - always include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • To prepare a home for impending flooding, follow these instructions:

  • Bring in outdoor furniture.
  • Move any important indoor items to the highest possible floor to prevent flood damage.
  • Unplug all electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water as this could lead to electrocution.
  • Turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve if necessary to help prevent fires and explosions.
  • After the flood, many return home unsure of what to do or where to start. Follow these tips to stay safe upon entering your home after the flood:

  • If evacuated, only return when authorities say it is safe.
  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Watch for debris, sinkholes and unsteady, eroded roads and walkways.
  • Do not try to cross flooded areas on foot or in a vehicle - wait until floodwaters recede.
  • Avoid any standing water.
  • Contact your insurance company in the event of flood damage and photograph any damages to your property.
  • Always have an emergency flood plan in place to help evacuate your family swiftly in the case of a flooding emergency.

    If you're currently displaced due to flooding here in the Tri-state area, please read this article on where to find a shelter or aid or check out this article on where to get free sandbags right now during flooding here in Evansville!