Spring is here, so water will begin running through canals and ditches over the next few weeks.
If you live near one of these water supplies, including rivers and creeks, always be prepared for potential flooding.
Even though ditch and canal water can be stopped at the source, it takes extra time for water levels to drop throughout the entire waterway.
Rain, debris, seepage, snow melt and land movement make surrounding land vulnerable to flooding.
So what can YOU do to be ready?
1. Create a “Go-Bag” that has everything you need in an emergency.
2. Make an emergency communications plan. Ensure family members know where to go, what to do and how to reconnect after a disaster.
3. Know where to go for official updates. Urgent alerts will be issued through the Code Red app, the alert system for Billings and Yellowstone County. Text ‘Yellowstone’ to 99411 to receive a download link for the CodeRED app. Learn more about the app and see the step-by-step download process by clicking here. 4. Get flood insurance. Most homeowners insurance does not cover flooding. Call your insurance agent today and ask about the National Flood Insurance Program or visit FloodSmart.gov 5. Take proactive measures to protect your home and belongings.
Visit Ready.gov/Floods for more helpful information and resources.