Garfield County Sheriff’s Office warns of flooding hazards |

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office warns of flooding hazards

GARFIELD COUNTY ” With temperatures getting warmer and snowpack high from the winter, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office encourages homeowners to identify potential flooding problems.

An e-mail from community relations deputy Tanny McGinnis says, “It’s important to know that until the ground thaws, any rainfall cannot be absorbed into the earth and the result is overfilled streams, rivers and lakes. Spring runoff typically peaks sometime between mid-May and mid-June in Garfield County, but unusually warm temperatures can create a more rapid melt-off and result in localized flooding.

“Now is the time to evaluate your property to identify potential flooding problems and take corrective action. Even if you have never experienced flooding problems in the past the increased snowpack and changes such as new construction in your neighborhood can result in new flood risks.”

Flood insurance covers losses to your property caused by flooding that may not be covered by your homeowner’s policy. However, most flood insurance policies require a 30-day waiting period before they become effective, McGinnis said.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages people to prepare disaster supply kits with food, water and supplies to last for at least three days. Some additional flood tips the office suggests: In the event of a flood, move to higher ground; abandon cars stalled in rapidly rising waters and climb to higher ground; never drive through flooded roadways; turn off the electricity supply to a home is flooded, but avoid the electrical panel if the panel is flooded; watch out for logs and debris while boating or rafting in the early season; and be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to recognize flood danger.

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