Incorporated October 26, 1939

 

 
 

Our mission is "To provide safe and reliable water and wastewater services in an efficient, cost effective

and environmentally friendly manner resulting in a high level of satisfaction amoung our customers."

 
 

Tropical Storm, Hurricane, Flood Preparedness


History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.

Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches. Furthermore, mariners should be aware of special safety precautions when confronted with a hurricane.

Download the Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Guide (PDF) or follow the links for more information. But remember, this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense.

 

Local Weather

Storm Emergency Information

Flood Advisory

  • Present and expected situation of the meteorological cause of flooding.

  • Present and forecasted hydrological situation.

  • Areas likely to be affected.

  • Time and severity of flooding

  • Precautionary  measures recommended.

  • Routine announcement of next bulletin.

  • Safety precautions to be taken before the flood, when Advisories are issued and during and after the flood.

Before the Flood

  • Know the flood warning system in your community and ensure that your family knows the warnings.

  • Learn all you can about the flooding

  • Monitor weather conditions

  • Keep on hand material like lumber, plywood, nails, roped, wires, plastic sheeting, sandbags, etc.

  • Keep a portable transistor radio with spare batteries and emergency equipment.

  • Store all chemicals away from flood waters.

  • Store livestock feed and supplies above expected water levels.

During the Warning

  • Listen for emergency instructions

  • Watch for rapidly rising water 

  • Store drinking water in sealed plastic containers as water service may be interrupted.

  • Move household items to higher levels 

  • Get livestock to higher ground

  • Evacuate if necessary when it is safe to do so, don't move quickly.

  • Turn off electricity at the main switch before evacuating

During the Flood

  • Avoid areas subject to flash flooding

  • Don't attempt to cross rivers or flowing streams where water us above the knees.

  • Beware of water-covered roads and bridges

After the Flood

  • Re-enter building with caution. Use flashlights, not lanterns or torches as flammables may be inside.

  • Be alert for fire hazards such as broken electrical wires.

  • If the building has been under water, do not switch on the main, wait for professional assistance. Never touch electrical switches while wet or standing in water 

  • Don't use appliances or equipment until they have been cleaned, dried and thoroughly checked for damage.

  • Report utility lines (electricity, water, gas and telephone) to the appropriate authorities.

  • Boil all water and don't eat left-over food until it is checked for contamination

  • Keep away from disaster areas as your presence may hamper rescue efforts