TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX) Twin Falls County emergency officials have issued a reminder to citizens that there is still potential for spring flooding.

Photo by Benito Baeza

High snow pack and continued rain fall could result in severe flooding according to information issued by the Twin Falls County Office of Emergency Management. Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States. The website offers tips on how people can prepare for flooding:

  • Never drive or walk through flooded streets. It only takes six inches of moving water to sweep a person off their feet (and not in the romantic way) and 12 inches to move a car. Remember, if a street is flooded, Turn Around; Don’t Drown.
  • Floods are expensive. A few inches of water in a 1,000-square foot home could cost more than $10,000 in repairs and replacement of personal possessions. Visits FEMA’s data visualization website to learn more about the costs and impacts of floods in your state
  • Most insurance does not cover flood damage. Only flood insurance will cover the damage from floods. Speak with your insurance agent to learn more and remember flood insurance takes 30 days to take effect, so purchase now to protect your family!
  • Talk with your family and make an emergency plan for you and your pets. No matter the disaster, it’s always a good idea to have emergency supplies ready at home, at work, and in the car.

These websites also provide more information on getting ready and dealing with floods:

Ready.gov/floods

Floodsmart.gov

www.ready.gov/flood-toolkit.