Monterey County has suffered impacts from several floods throughout the years. These flood events can cause serious damages to public property, infrastructure and private property.
While the County and other agencies work hard to prepare for the winter, flooding can still happen. Residents and business owners should take some time while the sun is still out to evaluate the need for flood insurance, permanent drainage improvements on their property, and last-minute emergency actions such as sand bags and timber deflectors. Fires in our watersheds can amplify the need to prepare, and prepare early.
Fires have impacted watersheds in our County for decades. A burned watershed creates a new dynamic that should heighten everyone’s awareness. While in many cases, flooding occurs from sustained rainfall over days that triggers flood flows, a burned watershed can yield the same result, or worse, with a single rainfall that would otherwise not even cause runoff.
Even if you never experienced a major flood, you ought to know what to do if flood waters threaten your community. While some years have an increased risk, say after wild fires, or El Nino predictions, any given year can produce flooding that can impact you and your family. You should prepare every year for the potential of flooding.
- Flood Safety
- Storms, Outages and Safety
- FLOOD MANAGEMENT INFORMATION
- Turn Around Don't Drown
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- State of California Department of Water Resources
- State of California Governors Office of Emergency Services
- National Flood Insurance Program
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service
- U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service
For more information and resources during a storm, please visit the following links:
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