Evacuations in Iowa

Over 10,000 residents in Cedar Rapids have been forced to evacuate their homes after a Cedar River levee burst. Waters are still rising and volunteers are doing everything they can to sandbag roads. 

Officials are also predicting major widespread flooding along the Mississippi River, which could be the worst flooding since 1993.

So what can you do now to prepare for flooding and flood waters that may head your way? Top tips from emergency preparedness experts:

1. Purchase flood insurance. Mind you this takes at least 30 days to go into effect. Learn more…

2. Know your vulnerability level. Buying a new home? Ask about past floods and water damage. Top steps you can take to prepare your home for disasters…

3. Know the routes to higher ground or out of your town. Get a map and highlight alternative routes to the main roads out of town. Next time you run an errand, pay attention and look to see where the highest points are – mark those on the map.

4. Want more? Top flood prevention and preparedness tips…

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