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While it often seems like flooding is beyond our control, there are measures we can take to help minimize the impact on ourselves or our homes.

Flood Safety

State employees are an important part of providing critical services to the citizens of Minnesota. The following resources will help employees identify the appropriate steps for preparing for a flood, what actions to take during a flood, and how to handle the potential emotional impacts a flood may have on ourselves, our family, our community. 

Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States. Flood effects can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states. 

Since flooding is the nation's most common natural disaster, we have valuable experience to draw from. 

The best way to prepare for the unique sense of powerlessness that flooding can bring is to take care of the things that are in your control. The information on this site can help you prepare and recover from flooding. 

However, all floods are not alike. Some floods develop slowly, sometimes over a period of days. But flash floods can develop quickly, sometimes in just a few minutes and without any visible signs of rain. Flash floods often have a dangerous wall of roaring water that carries rocks, mud, and other debris and can sweep away most things in its path. Overland flooding occurs outside a defined river or stream, such as when a levee is breached, but still can be destructive. Flooding can also occur when a dam breaks, producing effects similar to flash floods. 

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, culverts, dry streambeds, or low-lying ground that appear harmless in dry weather can flood.

Flood Preparation and Safety

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