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Warren County EMA
There are more than 5,000 regulated dams in Missouri and 33 of these
regulated dams are located in Warren County. Missouri. Dam owners
have primary responsibility for the safe design, operation, and
maintenance of their dams. They also have responsibility for providing
early warning of problems at the dam, for developing an effective
emergency action plan (EAP), and for coordinating that plan with
Missouri has a Dam and Reservoir Safety Council (seven citizens
appointed by the Governor) and a Dam Safety Program in the Department
of Natural Resources: http://www.damsafetyaction.org/.
While dam failures are not common, nationally, the most common reasons
for dam failures are:
Preparedness tips before a flood that could be caused
by a dam failure
Create a plan for where you and your family will go in the event
of a flood.
- Listen to commercial radio or television newscasts for the
- Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility
of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait
for instructions to move.
- Be aware of streams, drainage channels and other areas known
to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas.
If you must prepare to evacuate, you should do the following:
- Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture.
Move essential items to an upper floor.
- Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed
to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical
equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
What to do during a flood caused by a dam failure
If you have to leave your home, remember these evacuation tips:
- Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water
can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the
water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the
ground in front of you.
- Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around
your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can
do so safely. You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away. Six
inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars,
causing loss of control and possible stalling.
- A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing
water can carry away most vehicles, including sport utility vehicles
What to do in the aftermath of a flood caused by a dam
- Listen for news reports to learn whether the community’s
water supply is safe to drink.
- Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline,
or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged from underground
or downed power lines.
- Avoid moving water.
- Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may
have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.
- Stay away from downed power lines, and report them to the power
- Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
- Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
- Use extreme caution when entering buildings; there may be hidden
damage, particularly in foundations.
- Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching
systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are serious
- Clean and disinfect everything that became wet. Mud left from
floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals.
What to do if you have unmet needs following a flood caused
by a dam failure
Throughout the recovery period, it is important to monitor local
radio or television reports and other media sources for information
about where to get emergency housing, food, first aid, clothing,
and financial assistance. The following section provides general
information about the kinds of assistance that may be available.
Direct assistance to individuals and families may come from
any number of organizations:
American Red Cross Saint Louis Area, St. Louis
Other volunteer and faith-based organizations
Governor’s Faith-Based and Community Service
Partnership for Disaster Recovery
These organizations provide food, shelter, supplies and assist
in clean-up efforts.
Detailed additional information can be found at the following websites:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Emergency
Preparedness and Response, flood information
Missouri Dept. of Transportation’s Road Conditions
Missouri's Ready in 3 Program also provides free
family safety guides to help prepare your family and household
or call (636) 456-3786 or (636) 456-7474 to order a free family
safety guide. The family safety guide is available in several
FEMA.gov - Dam Failure
Preparedness information and strategies from the Federal Emergency