Current storm track updates have significantly reduced the impact threat of Hurricane Florence for Stafford County. Forecasters are calling for Stafford to receive two to four inches of rain starting on Friday, September 14, 2018. Officials expect flooding, road closures and downed trees. Currently, the ground is saturated at 97%, and two to four inches of rain may produce substantial levels of flooding. Areas such as the Widewater Peninsula, Brooke Road, River Road, the second section of Aquia Harbour and others prone to flooding could experience temporary road closures and should plan accordingly. Stafford County has created an interactive map that residents may use to gauge the likelihood of flooding at their home.
“The flooding we expect to see will be similar to the flooding we received in June in the area. We are asking residents to take the time and evaluate their situation now, both for this storm and for any future emergencies,” said Stafford Fire and Rescue Chief Joseph Cardello. “Stafford County has made the needed preparations for the storm, and we are ready to assist our citizens in any way they need.”
Residents may sign up for StaffordAlert (at www.staffordalert.com) to receive up-to-the-minute information via phone, text and email. The Office of Community Engagement is continually updating information on Stafford’s website and social media sites (on Facebook @staffordcountygovernment and Twitter @staffordvagov). Residents who have non-emergency calls are asked to call our 311 Center, to leave 911 open for emergencies. Those with questions may dial 311 from a landline or (540) 658-4311 or (540) 658-5311 from a cell phone.
The County’s interactive flood map may be accessed here www.staffordcountyva.gov/staffordmap (directions to see the map layer are below). The map features inundation zones (areas near or downstream from dams in Stafford County), 100-year flood zones and 500-year flood zones. A user can type in the address of a home or business and see what, if any, flood zone the address falls in. The County also asks that residents examine their current insurance policies and determine if they have the appropriate flood insurance. Policies take 30 days to take effect, so now is the time to take actions for future events. You can also find information on how to handle flooding at www.staffordcountyva.gov/floodsafetytips.
Interactive Storm Map Directions:
- Visit www.staffordcountyva.gov/staffordmap
- Type in Address
- Click Layers then Table of Contents
- Scroll to Flood & Watershed Data Label
- Click checkbox
- Click + on second (sub) Flood & Watershed Data label
- Scroll to Potential Storm Flood
- Click checkbox
- See results
As in any storm, citizens should remember not to drive or walk through flood waters – six inches of moving water can knock down a person, and a foot of water can sweep away a vehicle. Report downed power lines to the appropriate power company. Residents should prepare for potential power outages by keeping batteries and flashlights handy, and three days of water and nonperishable food available for sheltering in place.
September is National Preparedness Month. Please visit www.ready.gov for useful information on preparing a family emergency plan, a preparedness kit and checking your insurance coverage.
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