Floods occur regularly across the country, causing evacuations, widespread damage and even death. Those living near waterways, such as the Withlacoochee River, or other low-lying areas are most at risk, but anyone in Florida can be affected. Hazards range from potentially deadly flash flooding to water contamination. flood051711-344pinhooksm.jpg

Cars can be swept away in as little as 2 feet of moving water!

Before a Flood
  • Consider purchasing flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program. Regular homeowners’ insurance does not cover flood damage or loss.
  • Visit Sumter GIS to find out if your property is in the recently updated FEMA Floodplain Map. For additional flood hazard and flood damage prevention information, contact the Development Services Division at 352-689-4460 or send an email.
  • Store insurance policies, deeds and other records in a safe-deposit box.
  • If your home is prone to flooding, elevate your air conditioner and water heater.
During a Flood
  • Never drive in standing water, regardless of how well you know the road. You never know if a sinkhole has formed that is just waiting to swallow your vehicle.
  • Do not walk through moving water more than 6 inches deep.
  • Watch for flash flooding. This can occur without rain clouds or rain in the immediate area.
During a Flood
  • Avoid coming into contact with floodwater. It is likely contaminated by sewage and other bacteria. Do not let your children play in standing water.
  • Watch for downed electrical lines and weakened roads and bridges.
  • Use caution when entering damaged structures. Their foundations may have been weakened.
  • Discard any food that has been in contact with floodwater.
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