Low-laying Areas

If you live in an area of Rockbridge County that is prone to flooding under normal conditions, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the potential hazards of floods so that you may respond and act quickly.

Before an Evacuation Order is Issued
  • Create an inventory of your home, values and finances, along with knowing your insurance coverage plan.
  • Have an evacuation plan in place, and practice it, before flooding occurs. 
  • Familiarize yourself with the evacuation routes and be prepared to move to a place of safety quickly.
  • Be sure everyone knows where they are supposed to go during floods.
  • It is important that you head for higher ground before water becomes too deep. 
  • If roads in your area flood during a storm, look for alternative routes to use during flooding.
  • Have a Family Disaster Plan and assemble a Disasters Supply Kit
Additional Steps
  • Turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve if evacuation appears necessary.
  • Move valuables, such as papers, furs, jewelry, and clothing to upper floors or higher elevations
  • Fill bathtubs, sinks, and plastic soda bottles with clean water. Sanitize the sinks and tubs first by using bleach. Rinse, then fill with clean water.
  • Bring outdoor possessions, such as lawn furniture and trashcans inside, or time them down securely.
Know What to Do
  • Listen to your battery-powered radio and follow the instructions of local emergency officials.
  • Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes.
  • Take your Disaster Supply Kit with you.
  • Listen to your battery-powered radio or car radio and use travel routes specified by local officials. Do not use shortcuts because certain areas may be impassable or dangerous.