Flooding

Updated: 4/29/2014 11:55:42 AM

 CURRENT FLOOD INFORMATION 


Flood IconWisconsin Department of Transportation - Travel Information
Statewide road closures.

Flood IconWisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Current Flood Information
Includes dam updates, assuring the safety of your drinking water and managing debris and waste (including sandbags) after the flood.

Flood IconWaukesha County Flood Safety Guide - Includes topics: water, hygiene and sanitation, food, sewer and wastewater, injury prevention and mold.

WHEN FEMA DECLARES A DISASTER...


Assistance can include emergency home repair, temporary disaster housing, replacement grants for serious disaster-related needs and expenses not covered by insurance or assistance programs.

If you have questions about your application or need to update FEMA with new information related to where you are currently residing or your damages, you may call FEMA at 800-621-FEMA (3362).  The TTY number is 800-462-7585.

The following links provide information about the Disaster Declaration process and federal disaster assistance available to individuals and municipalities:

   
COPING WITH FLOODING

Major floods in Wisconsin tend to occur either in spring when melting snow adds to normal runoff or in summer or early fall after intense rainfalls. Flooding can occur after a slow build-up of water causes a river or stream to overflow its banks, or it can occur very rapidly with little notice. Floods can cause loss of life and severe damage to homes, buildings, crops, and roads. Owners of homes in flood prone areas should purchase flood insurance protection for their homes through an insurance agent. Buying flood insurance to cover the value of a building and its contents will not only provide greater peace of mind, but will also speed recovery if a flood occurs. You can call 1-888-FLOOD29 (1-888-356-6329) to learn more about flood insurance.
 
If your home is damaged during a flood, you need to be concerned with the structural integrity of the home, electrical safety, food safety, removal and prevention of mold and mildew, and removal and replacement of your home’s damaged contents. You should contact your insurance agent to discuss claims and listen to local media outlets for information about assistance the federal or state government or other organizations may be offering.

Basic Safety Tips for Clean-up

  • Always wear waterproof gloves and boots while cleaning a flood-damaged house.
  • Never turn on a wet electric appliance. Be careful before using any electrical appliance in a flood-damaged house.
  • Throw out fresh or frozen food that has come into contact with floodwater.
  • Thoroughly disinfect food contact sources, such as dishes, countertops, refrigerators, and pantry shelves.
  • Remove wall-to-wall carpet and padding that has been saturated with floodwater.

 

The Red Cross link to How to Prepare for a Flood provides further information about flood safety, supplies, insurance, and cleanup. 

SAFE FLOOD CLEAN UP 
A twenty-page booklet and poster (in Spanish and English) are available online from the EPA that give simple instructions for 
Safely cleaning your home after a flood.

The Red Cross Returning to Your Home also provides further basic information flood cleanup.

For much more detailed information about how to clean, disinfect and repair your flooded home, the American Red Cross and FEMA have prepared a 56 page booklet Repairing Your Flooded Home (in Spanish and English).

Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services link to Flood Hazards and Recovery 

Federal Communicable Diseases Center (CDC) link to Flood Clean-up Instructions and Potential Hazards
UW-Extension recommendations on the Safety of Produce from Flooded Gardens.


REDUCING MOSQUITOS
Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services flyer with suggested Steps to Reduce Mosquito Populations and protect yourself against bites

WATER WELLS and SAMPLING
If you are concerned that a flood may have affected your private well, you can get a water test collection kit from the Environmental Health Division several ways:

  1. Call (262) 896-8300 to order a kit using your Visa/MasterCard.
    Cost $25.00 + $2.00 postage and handling = $27.00

  2. Mail a check with your return address (payable to "Waukesha County") to Environmental Health Division, 515 W. Moreland Blvd., Room AC 260, Waukesha, WI 53188.
    Cost $25.00 + $2.00 postage and handling = $27.00

  3. Pick up a kit at our office during regular hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the address above.
    Cost $25.00


If your water sample analysis result is unsafe, the Waukesha County Environmental Health Division will resample your water supply and inspect the visible well construction. Any pump installation deficiencies will require correction.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Recommendations for Private Wells Inundated by Flooding and a Well Disinfection Procedure.


PREPARING FOR A FLOOD
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) information on How to be prepared in case of a flood.