Significant Flooding Impacts in California and Nevada

Flood Preparedness and Response Tools for Water Utilities Provided by the EPA

A powerful weather phenomenon known as an “atmospheric river” has dumped massive amounts of precipitation on the west coast, causing flooding and mudslides in many areas. Flood impacts are expected to continue as storms move south and floodwaters travel downstream.

EPA has developed tools to help utilities both mitigate the threat of flooding and take action during an emergency. Water systems can use the resources below to increase their overall flood resilience and emergency preparedness.

Flooding Incident Action Checklist
Use this “rip and run” checklist to respond to and recover from flooding in your area. It outlines key actions that can be taken immediately before, during, and after the event to mitigate impacts.

Flooding checklist

Flood Resilience Guide
This interactive, user-friendly guide contains worksheets, best practices, videos and key resources to help water utilities build resilience to flooding. The Guide’s four main sections include:

  • Overview of flood resilience
  • Devising an approach to flood resilience
  • Identifying flood mitigation measures
  • Flood resilience pilot project

Flood Resilience Guide

The Federal Funding for Utilities in National Disasters (Fed FUNDS) tool helps drinking water and wastewater utilities identify pre- and post-disaster funding opportunities and offers tips on how to apply.

Fed FUNDS Link

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