Call 3-1-1. The Watershed Protection Department will send someone to document the flooding. This helps us understand where projects are necessary.
Call your homeowners insurance company and follow their instructions to file a claim and repair your house. A separate flood insurance policy is required to cover damages due to flooding. Here are some precautions:
- Check for structural damage before entering your house. Don’t go in if the building might collapse.
- Do not use matches, cigarette lighters, or any other open flames, since gas may be trapped inside. Use a flashlight.
- Keep power off until an electrician has inspected your system for safety.
- Look out for snakes and other animals.
- Be careful walking around. Look for nails, broken glass or other hazards. Floors may be slippery due to mud.
- Document the damage with photographs.
- Clean right away. Throw out food and medicines that may have come in contact with flood water.
- Boil water vigorously for five minutes until local authorities proclaim your water supply is safe.
- Before you start repairs, contact the Development Assistance Center at 512-974- 6370 about possible permitting requirements.
Download this FEMA publication to find out more about repairing your home: Repairing Your Flooded Home.