Spring Flood Preparedness

Published on April 26, 2024


Lewis and Clark County Floodplain Program and Lewis and Clark County Emergency Management want to remind residents that taking simple actions now can not only help with spring cleaning but with preparedness as well.

Here are a few tips to help property owners transition between late spring and early summer!

Walk your property, identify any drainage issues. Make sure water has a place to drain properly. Clear or inspect any culverts on your property. Carefully clean out your gutters. Think about adding rain barrels for water collection.

Properly store all yard equipment in a garage or storage shed. If you have a storage shed, make sure it’s properly anchored.

Consider adding water resistant exterior sheathing in any walls. Seal any foundation crack to keep any water out. Check caulking around windows and doors to make sure they are sealed efficiently. Consider installing sump pumps and back flow valves. If you have a basement, consider replacing any carpet with tiles.

Finally, consider purchasing flood insurance. Standard homeowners’ policies do not protect your home from flooding. Flood insurance policies take 30-days to go effective, buy now so the policy is in place by the late spring or early summer.

Visit the Commissioner of Securities and Insurance for information on flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program, private companies, and other resources.


For questions regarding the Lewis and Clark County Floodplain Program and Floodplain Permitting contact the Lewis and Clark County Floodplain Manager.



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