Flood Information Center
Preparing for a Flood
Flood effects can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or quite large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states.
Flooding always presents risks to people and property, some of which can be mitigated with good planning. Not all risks, however, can be eliminated due to the numerous unknowns and changing conditions.
Be aware of flood hazards no matter where you live, but especially if you live in a low-lying area, near water or downstream from a dam. Even very small streams, gullies, creeks, culverts, dry streambeds, or low-lying ground that appear harmless in dry weather can flood.
As part of its ongoing safety program, MidAmerican Energy offers the following guidelines to help alleviate electric and natural gas hazards that can be created by flooding. When preparing for a flood:
- If there is no water in your basement and you have time, unplug as many appliances as you can. If possible, move them to a higher level.
- Do not touch or attempt to unplug or disconnect an electrical appliance if the floor is damp or if you are standing in water.
- If you think the water might rise high enough to cover electrical outlets, switch off the circuit breakers at the main electrical box. Be sure water is not covering outlets before entering the basement.
- If it appears the water level may reach the main electrical box or your electric or gas meters, call MidAmerican Energy immediately so that services can be shut off completely.