Flooding in Tillamook County
Keep your radio tuned to KTIL FM 94.1, your local Emergency Alert System (Emergency Broadcast System), to find out if you need to evacuate and how much time you have.
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What to Do When it Floods in Tillamook County
Secure your home before leaving; Turn off electricity, gas and water if
possible; Fill your car's gas tank; Gasoline pumps will not be working if
electricity has been cut off;
If there's time, some items to take with you are:
Food if you require a special diet
Clothing - enough for at least 24 hours
Personal items - toiletries, documents, photo albums, etc.
Bedding - sleeping bags, blankets, pillows
Baby or child supplies
Money - cash, credit cards, checks
Proper identification - especially important for small children.
DO NOT ENTER FLOOD WATER! Rushing water from floods and flash floods is extremely deceptive and dangerous. It is possible to be swept away in floodwaters only one-foot deep.
Police barricades are there for your protection. DO NOT DRIVE AROUND THEM.
Walking or driving through floodwaters is the most dangerous thing you can do.
If you aren't staying with relatives or friends, designated shelters operated by the Red Cross may be available. Listen to the Emergency Broadcast system or call the Tillamook County Department of Emergency Management at (503) 842-3412 for locations.
County Flood Services
The FEMA National Flood Insurance Program
provides County residences with significant discounts for flood prevention
actions. Additionally FEMA flood maps are available through the Department of
Community Development and are available in the Tillamook
County Library. If requested, Community Development will do a site visit
to review potential flood problems and explain ways to stop flooding or prevent
flood damage. You may call the department at 503-842-3408. These services are
What You Can Do
Avoiding construction in the Special Flood Hazard Area is the best way to limit
loss of life and property as the result of flooding. Contact the Department of
Community Development (503-842-3408) to obtain any required permits for work in
the mapped special flood hazard area.
Elevating your structure to the minimum standards of the NFIP is required and
Tillamook County has elected to enforce stricter building code standards to both
further reduce the risk of losses due to flooding and to increase the discounts
provided through the NFIP Community Rating System program.
Contact an insurance agent about your eligibility for flood
insurance offered through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Don't
wait until the last minute -- there is usually a 30-day waiting period before
the policy is effective.
After a Flood
If damage occurs, contact the County Department of Community Development (842-3408) for an inspection. Repairs are subject to permit requirements. Repair of substantial damage may require elevating the structure.
Encourage others to understand their flood risk and talk with an agent or find one