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The Water Resources Agency manages, protects, stores and conserves water resources in Monterey County for beneficial and environmental use, while minimizing damage from flooding to create a safe and sustainable water supply for present and future generations.

What to Do After a Flood

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... SAFETY CONSCIOUSNESS A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH WHEN RETURNING TO A FLOOD STRICKEN AREA... 

Now that flood waters are receding in some areas, and cleanup procedures begin, safety consciousness is essential; a matter of life and death.

Some Post Flood Rules:

  • Do not use fresh food that has come in contact with flood waters.
  • Boil drinking water before using. Wells should be pumped out and the water tested for purity before using.
  • Seek necessary medical care at the nearest hospital. Food, clothing, shelter and first aid are available at the Red Cross shelters.
  • Do not visit disaster areas. Your presence may hamper rescue and other emergency operations.
  • Do not handle live electrical equipment in wet areas. Electrical equipment should be checked and dried before being returning to service.
  • Use flashlights, not lanterns or torches to examine buildings. Flammable gases or other substances may have built up inside.
  • Report broken utility lines to appropriate authorities.
  • Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream where water is above your knees of any depth if the stream is moving at high velocity or the depth is not obvious.
  • Do not attempt to drive over a flooded road. You can be stranded of trapped if your car stalls.
  • Also, the depth of the water is not always obvious.
  • Remember to use common sense and think safety.


Monterey County Water Resources Agency
1441 Schilling Pl., North Bldg., Salinas, CA 93901

    Phone (831) 755-4860   |   FAX (831) 424-7935   |   After Hours (831) 796-1166

Email: OfficeassistantII@co.monterey.ca.us