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What Homeowners Should Know Before a Flood Occurs

If you live in a flood-prone area, take proactive measures to protect your home and your valuables:

  • Take pictures of your valuables for insurance inventory.
  • Store your important documents in a waterproof container.
  • Create digital versions and save them on a secure drive.
  • Keep your valuables (e.g., keepsakes and family photos) out of the basement so they’re not in danger of flood water.

  • Consider installing “check valves” in your home and sealing the walls in your basement.
  • Raise your utilities (electrical panels, water heater, furnace, etc) above the base flood elevation.
  • Keep your sump pump in working order with a battery backup.
  • Keep a supply of sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting or lumber to protect your home and valuables from flooding.

  • Get flood insurance so you’re protected against the damages of a flood.
  • Utilities are the #1 reason that people have to pay out of pocket because the claims are less than or equal to the deductible.
  • If you remodeled your basement — discuss with your insurance agent to be sure your improvements are covered.

  • Sign up for local weather alerts.
  • Learn about your flood risk and the floodplain in your area at

City of Napa Flood Contact Information

During Emergencies

Public Information Hotline
(707) 258-7817

Floodplain Inquiries

Public Works Department
(707) 257-9520