Posted: Apr 3, 2013 3:22 PM by Adam Bell
Updated: Apr 3, 2013 3:26 PM
More sun, and warmer temperatures, means spring is here, but flooding season isn't far behind.
While no local river or stream has made it to flood stage quite yet, Gallatin County Department of Emergency Services coordinator Patrick Lonergan says that now is the time, when water levels are low, to prepare your home for potential flooding, making sure you are ready if and when the water rises.
"The drainage ditches are clear of debris. If you're in a place that floods routinely make sure you have the appropriate supplies that you might need to build a diversionary dam to keep the water away from the home. Whatever you need to help protect your home or defend your home if high water occurs," says Lonergan.
Lonergan advises that if you live in a flood prone area, that you get Flood Insurance. Keep in mind though, that there is a 30 day waiting period before the policy goes into effect.