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Phone: 913-715-8300

1800 W. Old Highway 56, Olathe, KS 66061

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Flood Safety


If you are experiencing a life threatening situation, call 911. Otherwise contact your city to request help.

Flood Safety

Before a flood:

  • Prepare an emergency kit that includes non-perishable food, drinking water, a flashlight, and basic medical supplies. Find a complete list of a basic disaster supplies kit at www.ready.gov/kit.
  • If your basement has the potential for flooding, store your kit on a shelf and elevate boxes and other items off the floor.

During a flood:

  • Do not walk or drive through moving water. Although appearing harmless, water only 7 inches deep can move rapidly and with great force, posing a significant threat.
  • Never drive through a flooded road, always "Turn Around, Don't Drown". 
  • Stay away from downed power and electrical lines.
  • Stay away from streams during storms as water can rise rapidly and without warning.
  • Keep children away from creeks or storm drains during and after a storm.

After a flood:

  • If the path is dry, turn off the electricity at the main breaker box or fuse box – if you have to step in water to do so, call an electrician.
  • Don't use wet appliances or motors until they have been taken apart, cleaned and dried.
  • Watch your step inside and outside: surfaces may be slippery and covered with debris.
  • Use a flashlight to inspect for damage.
  • Because it is difficult to identify if water in a basement is stormwater or from the sanitary sewer, treat all surfaces and furnishings as if they are unhealthy.
  • Protect yourself with good personal hygiene: wear rubber boots and gloves; wash hands with soap and water; protect open sores or wounds from contact with the water.
  • Disinfect and clean everything that got wet. If in doubt, throw it out.
  • Visit Johnson County Wastewater for specific guidelines for cleaning up after a sewer backup.
  • Find out if a "Boil Water" order is in effect for drinking water.