Be prepared for flooding even if it’s not like ’13

This week our area commemorates the 100th anniversary of the great flood of 1913, still considered to be the worst natural disaster to impact the state of Ohio and our entire region.

While there were no deaths directly related to the flood in Marietta, it was a deadly event elsewhere in Ohio and here and throughout the state people lost property and livelihoods.

What better time than this 100th anniversary of the 1913 Flood then to consider how prepared you are for flooding and other severe weather conditions?

The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness offers these tips for preparing for floods, especially for those who live in flood prone areas:

– Plan and practice an evacuation route.

– Have disaster supplies on hand.

– Develop an emergency communication plan.

– Consider installing check valves in building sewer traps to prevent flood waters from backing up into sewer drains.

When flooding occurs:

– If your area is advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Leave early to avoid being marooned by flooded roads.

– Never attempt to drive or walk through flood waters. The water could be deeper than it appears and officials say it only takes two feet of water to carry away most vehicles.

– Listen to Emergency Alert System messages on radio and television.

Luckily, floods like that of 1913 happen once a generation, but our area sees some level of flooding on a yearly basis. It’s best to be prepared and take precautions whenever possible.