Flood Resources for Homes, Buildings, Farms or Ranches
Steps should be taken to minimize damage to homes in the path of floodwaters. Clean-up will be easier and less costly if the following measures are taken.
Before the Flood - Videos from North Dakota State University http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/flood
- Prevent Rain Water From Entering Your Basement
- Planning Ahead: Portable Generator Safety
- Sump Pump Tips
- Plugging Home Drains to Prevent Sewage Backup
- Sandbagging Safety Tips
- Building a Sandbag Dike | How to fill a sandbag--do not over- or under-fill (graphic)
- Disaster Preparation for Your Pets - Video (Kansas State University)
Prepare for Flooding in Rural Areas -from NDSU
Specifically for farms or ranches:
- Move machinery, feed, grain, fuel and agricultural chemicals, such as pesticides and herbicides, to higher ground.
- Move motors and portable electric equipment to a dry location if possible.
- Anchor fuel and other tanks to keep them from moving with the floodwaters.
- Determine whether underground tanks are engineered to keep them from lifting out of the ground if the contents are lighter than water.
- Turn off electrical power to all buildings that could flood.
- Keep an inventory of livestock and property such as machinery and equipment.
- Prepare a list of hazardous or potentially hazardous substances.
- Move livestock to higher ground and be sure you have access to feed.
- If you have dairy cattle, develop plans for moving your cows to temporary milking facilities and learn about emergency milk pick-up services available in your area.
- Place riprap on the banks of earthen manure storage areas where flowing water may erode berms.
Reduce Water and Flood Damage in Home
- Audio Mp3 recording by Shirley Niemeyer, UNL Extension Housing and Environment Specialist
Preventing Flood Damage - Existing Home - Louisiana State University - AgCenter
General Tips for Reducing Flood and Water Damage Inside the Home (PDF file, 74KB) - Iowa State University Extension
Steps to Reduce Flood and Water Damage (PDF file, 51KB) - Iowa State University Extension
Electric Units Require Care (PDF file, 8KB) - Iowa State University Extension
Basements May Flood if Drainage is Poor (PDF file, 9KB) - Iowa State University Extension
Managing Risks (PDF file, 92KB) - Iowa State University Extension