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City Hall
P.O. Box 2315
480 East Ave. N.
Ketchum, ID  83340
Ph: 208.726.3841
Fax: 208.726.8234
Flood and Natural Disaster Information
Heed flood warnings: 
A flood WATCH means flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area
A food WARNING means flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area
When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground immediately 

Stay away from flood waters:
Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you over, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away
If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankle or across a flooded road while driving, stop, turn around and go another way
Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers and creeks when there is a risk of flooding

Create and practice a Disaster Plan:
Ensure that everyone in your family knows what to do if a flood occurs 
Discuss travel routes that are not prone to flooding
Decide where to meet and who to contact in case of flooding
Assemble and maintain an emergency preparedness kit, including fresh water, non-perishable food, flashlight, batteries, cash, important documents, medications and first aid supplies
Make a plan for evacuating people who need assistance, and pets

Protect your Property:
Consider buying flood insurance; there is a 30-day waiting period for flood insurance to take effect
Place sandbags/aquadams in close proximity to the structure; sandbags/aquadams on the riverbank or along property lines or public streets are not permitted
Do not empty used sandbags into the river or creek; dispose of them in a proper receptacle 
Pumping water from your crawl space into your private property is permitted, it is not permitted to pump water into the river, city sewer system (manholes), or the city right-of-way
Streambank stabilization or removing a hazard tree requires a site inspection and emergency permit - call 208.726.7801

Prepare Your Home:
Bring in outdoor furniture and move important items to the highest possible floor to help protect them from flood damage
Disconnect electrical appliances; do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water, you could be electrocuted

Helpful Resources:
City of Ketchum Flood Hotline – 208.720.9992
General Questions/Concerns –
Permit Applications & Additional Information – www.ketchumidaho.org/flood
Permit and floodplain regulation questions – or 208.726.7801
Local Resources for Property Protection Supplies -http://tinyurl.com/localfloodresources
Blaine County Emergency Alert Program – CodeRED
Blaine County Local Emergency Planning Committee –www.blaineemergency.org
NOAA National Weather Service Pocatello - www.weather.gov/pih/
National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) insurance help center –www.floodsmart.gov or 800.427.4661