Chatham Co. EMA: Residents should prepare for flooding

The Chatham County Emergency Management Agency is urging residents to prepare for flooding this weekend,  Hurricane Joaquin will bypass Savannah but heavy rain and flooding is expected in much of the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry on Saturday.

We could see as much as 3-7 inches of rain  A Flash flood watch is in effect in Chatham County until Sunday afternoon  Chatham County residents, especially those living in areas prone to flooding, should take steps now to protect their family and property, Here are some helpful tips to ensure you have a leg up on the storm:

Flood Preparedness:

  • Stock food that requires little cooking and no refrigeration.
  • Keep portable radio, flashlights, spare batteries, etc. available.
  • Keep first aid and critical medical supplies at hand.
  • Keep automobile fueled.
  • Keep materials like sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber handy for emergency waterproofing.
  • Store drinking water in closed, clean containers. Water service may be interrupted.
  • If time permits, and flooding is likely, move essential items and furniture to upper floors of home.

Flood Safety:

  • Monitor flooding / weather conditions on radio and television.
  • Get to high ground and stay there.
  • Don’t try to cross through flooded intersections/roads in a vehicle. Just one foot of water can float a small vehicle!
  • Avoid areas subject to flooding.
  • If your vehicle stalls, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground.

After a Flood:

  • Report broken utility lines, etc. to proper authorities.
  • Clean, dry, and check appliances and other equipment before use.
  • Purify all water before drinking.
  • Stay away from flood damaged areas. Sightseeing interferes with rescue efforts.
  • Keep tuned to radio and TV for advice and instructions. Government should be providing information on where medical attention can be obtained, where to go for emergency assistance such as housing, clothing, food, etc. and other ways in which a citizen can recover from the flood emergency.

To get an idea of whether or not your home is in a flood zone, visit and click on the “”SAGIS Map Viewer”. Once you type in your address and find your property, click on “flood zone” to view your risk. Attached you will find a map of County flood zones.


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