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Texas is no stranger to flood. With its diverse geography and extensive, hurricane-prone coastline, the state frequently leads the nation not only in structural damage but also in loss of lives related to flooding events. Given the deadly nature of floods and the rapid timeframe in which they can occur, being ready for the next event is essential. We list the most critical steps to take in each stage of the flood preparedness and response process immediately below. Please keep in mind that this list includes only the most essential steps to take; we strongly recommend that you read and consider all of the information on the before a flood, during a flood, and after a flood pages.
- Determine if you live in or near a floodplain
- Get flood insurance
- Make a plan for what to do in the event of a flood
- Get a National Weather Service radio that has battery backup power in case electrical service goes down
- Read the before a flood section for additional advice and details
- Be aware of what's happening on the river and the watershed:
If you choose to evacuate, Turn Around Don't Drown
- Check for road closures in your area
- Read the during a flood section for additional advice and details
- Be careful entering buildings and avoid any flowing water
- Call your local flood insurance representative and begin the process of recovery by filing a claim
- Individual assistance, home disaster relief, and state disaster reimbursement may be available
- Read the after a flood section for additional advice and details
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Disclaimer: The intent of the TexasFlood.org is to provide basic flood information before, during, and after a flood event. The data on this website represents the best available information provided to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) by its data contributors. The information on this viewer may not be displayed in real-time and should not be considered an “exact” representation of conditions in your area. Neither the State of Texas nor the TWDB assumes any legal liability or responsibility or makes any guarantees or warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or suitability of the information for any particular purpose.