General Information

Director
Larry L Ringering

Business Phone
(618) 296-4478

Emergency Phone
(618) 692-0537 (24 hour)

Fax
(618) 692-8985

Email
ema@co.madison.il.us

Address
157 N. Main Street, Suite 33 Edwardsville, Illinois 62025

Natural Disaster Emergency Preparedness

Floods

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.

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.

Flood preparedness from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

How can I protect myself from a flood?

Flood information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

US Army CORPS of Engineers, ST. Louis

National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office - St. Louis, Missouri