Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Flooding may happen with only a few inches of water, or it may cover a house to the rooftop. Flooding can happen in any U.S. state or territory. It is particularly important to be prepared for flooding if you live in a low-lying area near a body of water, such as a river, stream, or culvert; along a coast; or downstream from a dam or levee.

Failing to evacuate flooded areas, entering floodwaters, or remaining after a flood has passed can result in injury or death. Stay out of floodwaters and avoid moving water. Do not try to walk, swim or drive through moving water. As little as six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. Two feet of water is enough to carry away a passenger vehicle.

Flooding can occur in several ways, including the following:

The speed and duration of flooding can vary significantly.

San Joaquin Public Health - Flood Preparedness Public Health provides specific information to keep you healthy and safe during a flood

Preparing for a flood Download this document that explains how to protect yourself and your property and steps you can take now, so you can act quickly when you, your home, our your business is in danger

What to do during a flood emergency Ready.Gov provides specific information on preparing for flood

Red Cross - Flood Safety Information from American Red Cross on flood safety

Flood Preparedness (English) Brochure provided by the American Public Health Association on flood preparedness

Flood Preparedness (Spanish) Brochure provided by the American Public Health Association on flood preparedness

Protect your home a nearby Levee What you should know to protect your home and loved ones from floods

Sand Bag How-To Video This video demonstrates how to fill and stack sandbags to protect your home or business

List of Sand Bag Vendors This list of vendors in and around San Joaquin County was developed to aid you in locating resources for sandbags and sand. San Joaquin County does not provide these items directly to the public. Some cities may choose to provide these items depending upon the situation, so if you are in an incorporated city, you may reach out to your city

Septic Systems - What to Do after the Flood Helpful information for those with septic systems

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