Flood Safety & Recovery
Safety is the number one concern when it comes to protecting citizens of Seabrook. In order to be adequately prepared for storm events, citizens need to be made aware of some critical information. It is important to know the difference between a flood WATCH and a flood WARNING. A flash flood watch is flooding that is possible in your area. A flash flood warning is flooding that is already occurring or will occur soon in your area. The best time to make sure you are ready for the next storm event is before one is headed your way. Have the following emergency supplies available in order to be prepared:
- Non-perishable foods and water containers
- More than one flashlight and extra batteries
- First-aid kit, along with any prescription medicine
- Extra plywood (preferably heavy, pre-cut, and pre-drilled) to cover windows
- Plastic sheeting (for water leaks)
- Camera for photos of damage
- Cell phone with chargers
- Copies of personal documents (birth certificates, insurance policies, pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home)
- Extra cash
Click on Flood Preparation and Safety for more tips on what you can do to prepare for the next flood. Citizens can stay up to date on area flood gauges by clicking on these links: Clear Creek @ I-45, Clear Lake 2nd Outlet @ SH 146, and Clear Creek @ Bay Area Boulevard. By checking these gauges periodically, as well as this one in Clear Creek, citizens can take the necessary precautions if it appears Clear Creek is rising and the increase in flood levels may affect their property. Likewise, the tidal gauge in Galveston County can be monitored for increases or differences in tides that may impact the city. Having the data from the gauges enables community officials to predict the effects of storm events before the next big one hits. The Seabrook Emergency Management page, has additional helpful information including how to sign up for emergency alert notifications.
Other Safety Tips
- Learn the safest route from your home or business to higher safer ground.
- If Emergency Management Officials tell you to evacuate or leave your home, go immediately to a safe shelter, hotel, or relative’s house. Evacuation maps for Seabrook can be found here.
- Before you leave turn off electricity at the main switch. Stay away from power and electrical lines. Be alert for gas leaks.
- Do not walk through flowing water. Drowning is the number one cause of flood related deaths. Currents can be deceptive; six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet.
- Do not drive through a flooded area. More people drown in their cars than in any other location.
Turn Around Don't Drown!
Recovering From Flood Damage
Returning to your home after a major flood event can sometimes be overwhelming. The Federal Trade Commission and State of Texas Attorney General’s Office have information that can help you pick up the pieces and avoid the pitfalls homeowners fall into after a flooding event.
FEMA has numerous publications on how homeowners how to recover from a flood. Please click on the links below for more information:
- Mold & Mildew: Cleaning up Your Flood Damaged Home
- Repairing Your Flooded Home
- Recovering From and Coping with Flood Damaged Property
- Coping with a Flood - Before, During and After
- After the Flood Fact Sheet