Flood Awareness

Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters, and are not uncommon for certain areas within the City of Batavia and Genesee County. Conditions that cause floods include heavy or steady rain for several hours or days that saturates the ground, or flash floods occurring suddenly due to rapidly rising water along a stream or low-lying area.

Flood effects can be local, impacting a neighborhood/community or large affecting the entire county.  And there are major differences between flash floods and those that develop slowly, over a period of days and even weeks.

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, or low-lying ground that appears harmless in dry weather can flood and become potentially dangerous.

As a way for you to better prepare for potential flooding we have made available several links related to FLOOD Preparedness.

If you should have any questions related to FLOOD or EMERGENCY Preparedness you may contact City Fire Headquarters and ask to speak to the duty officer (585-345-6375).

Web Site Links for Flood Information:

Tonawanda Creek Levels - Batavia

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=buf&gage=btvn6

Ready .Gov

http://www.ready.gov/floods

CDC

http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/

Flood Smart.Gov

https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/preparation_recovery/before_a_flood.jsp

Red Cross

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/flood

OSHA

https://www.osha.gov/dts/weather/flood/preparedness.html

NYS-DOH

https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/flood/

FEMA – Flood Insurance Program

http://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program