Flooding is a serious issue on certain stream crossings in Henrico County during larger storm events. There are several ways to protect yourself in the case of a flood event. Prepare by knowing your flood risk, insuring your property, and having an emergency plan in place.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that the most common flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. In the event of a flood, it is dangerous to cross a flooded road. It is important to adhere to road closure signs and you should never drive around road blockages or though flooded roadway. Although sometimes flooded roads don’t appear dangerous, you don’t know what’s happening under the surface when the road is being washed out. Small cars and even big trucks can be swept off a flooded road by high-speed water. If you see a flooded roadway, it’s best to “Turn Around Don’t Drown®.” Find alternate routes around high-water crossings.
The National Weather Service has a flood warning system called the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service. In the event of an anticipated flood, this service predicts the water levels that some of the major streams will achieve. You also can register for the Henrico County Community Emergency Notification System to receive text messages from Henrico Public Safety officials regarding critical information including flood warnings, road closures, and more.