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What to Do After a Flood

  • Stay away from flood waters as they may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
  • Stay away from moving water. Moving water only six inches deep can sweep you off your feet.
  • Be aware of areas where flood waters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them to the power company.
  • Stay away from disaster areas unless authorities ask for volunteers. One way to help is to give money to a disaster relief organization. Do not donate food, clothing or other personal items unless they are specifically requested.
  • Continue listening to a battery-powered radio for information about where to get assistance for housing, clothing and food. Outreach programs are often available to help you cope with the stress of the situation.
  • Consider your family's health and safety needs. Wash hands frequently with soap and clean water if you come in contact with flood waters. Throw away food that has come in contact with flood waters. Listen for news reports to learn whether the community's water supply is safe to drink.

Contact your Insurance Agent

Call your insurance about flood insurance. If your policy covers your situation, an adjuster will be assigned to visit your home. To prepare:

  • Take photos of or videotape your belongings and your home
  • Separate damaged and undamaged belongings
  • Locate your financial records
  • Keep detailed records of cleanup costs

For more information on floods, check the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Fact Sheet on Floods, Flood Mitigation, and what you need to know about Federal Disaster Assistance and Federal Flood Insurance. These publications are available at the Renton Public Library or at www.fema.gov .

Flooding Homes or Businesses

If your home is in danger of flooding, please call the Maintenance Services Division at 425.430.7400 to report the condition and obtain assistance or advice.  24-hour emergency service is available for flooding, hazardous road conditions, down or damaged stop or yield signs, no water, sewer overflows, and water main breaks.  For emergencies after 3:30 p.m. or on weekends, and if the emergency cannot wait until the next business day, call the Renton Police Department at 425.430.7500.