February 3, 2020 - Brown County Officials Want the Public to be Prepared for Flooding
Brown County officials held a news conference yesterday to encourage and help the public to prepare for flooding. According to the US Army Corp of Engineers, all Great Lakes are at or are anticipated to be at the highest recorded water level this February and March. Local flooding is expected to occur in areas that have not seen flooding before. Brown County has launched a new flood website to help residents plan for flooding - at FloodinginBC.com. Several recommendations were offered during the news conference:
- Research the area you reside in or ask your neighbors if your area has seen flooding in the past (the website has a tool you can use to do this - click on the "Am I in a Floodplain?" button.)
- Consider flood insurance (homeowners’ insurance may not cover flooding conditions and in most cases does not).
- Have a sump pump with a battery backup (in case the power goes out).
- Move valuable property to higher ground.
- Have a flood or emergency kit (cell phone, cell chargers, medications, water, blankets, flashlight, food).
- Have a plan – know what you are going to do before you have to do it (short-term and long-term).
- Take care of the people in your neighborhood or family (elderly and young especially).
- Have a pet plan (emergency shelters may not be able to provide shelter for your pets).
- Avoid walking through or driving through flooded areas (due to possible electrical current, chemicals, biological waste, swift currents, etc.)