Hopkinsville Surface & Stormwater Utility

Prepare for flooding by doing the following:

      Know how to shut off the electricity and gas to your house when a flood comes.

      Make a list of emergency numbers and identify a safe place to go.

      Make a household inventory, especially of basement contents.

      Put insurance policies, valuable papers, medicine, etc., in a safe place.

      Collect and put cleaning supplies, camera, waterproof boots, etc., in a handy place.

      Develop a disaster response plan. See the Red Cross website at www.redcross.org for information about  preparing your home and family for a disaster.

      Get a copy of Repairing Your Flooded Home. It can be found on the Red Cross website.


Consider some permanent flood protection measures.

      Mark your fuse or breaker box to show the circuits to the floodable areas. Turning off the power to the basement  before a flood can reduce property damage and save lives.

      Consider elevating your house above flood levels.

      Check your building for water entry points, such as basement windows, the basement stairwell, doors, and dryer  vents. These can be protected with low walls or temporary shields.

      Install a floor drain plug, standpipe, overhead sewer, or sewer backup valve to prevent sewer backup flooding.

      More information can be found at FEMAs website, www.ready.gov/floods.

      Note that some flood protection measures may need a building permit and others may not be safe for your type  of  building, so be sure to talk to the Building Department.


For Flood Warning Alerts, please sign-up to the Code Red system at: www.hopkinsvilleky.us/residents/emergency_alert_system/index.php