Floods and Your Farm

Floods and Your Farm

Protecting your farm during flood situations can involve a variety of actions, from inspecting and maintaining the property to installing protective devices or materials. Flooded fields can lead to loss of top soil as well as damage to crops.

Use these checklists to make plans for your farm before, during, and after a flood situation.

Floods and Your Farm [PDF]

Floods and Your Crops [PDF]

Determine the risk of flooding in your area

Interactive State Flooding Information Map
Click on a state to learn more about the types of flooding that has occurred there.
National Weather Service
Water Watch: Map of Flood and High Flow Conditions
Map showing current flood or high flow conditions in the United States.
U.S. Geological Survey

Related Websites

Farm

Clean Up Safely After a Disaster
Website with links to specific disaster cleanup and hazard topics.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Emergency Preparedness and Response: Floods
CDC's main website of flood preparedness, response and recovery information.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Returning Home Safelty
Website with information on what to do when returning home after a flood.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Ready.gov: Floods
Main website for FEMAs Ready America Program containing flood preparedness tips and resources.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Protecting Your Home and Property From Flood Damage
Web site with resources and tips for cleaning and saving water damaged property, such as family treasures, books, photos, valuables.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Hazards and Threats Preparedness Resources
Website with numerous factsheets on topics for recovering from various all-hazard situations.
Louisiana State University Ag Center
Flood Information
NDSU-Extension flood preparedness and recovery website - contains factsheets, weblinks, podcasts and more.
North Dakota State University Extension Service
Flood Information: Property
Website with links to information for protecting your property from flood situations.
North Dakota State University Extension Service
First Steps to Flood Recovery
Website containing information on various recovery measures following a flood.
Purdue Univeristy Extension
Flood Cleanup
Webstite with booklets and posters on flood cleanup and indoor air quality issues - available in multiple languages.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Crops

Flood Information: Crops
Website with links to information for handling and salvaging crops after a flood.
North Dakota State University Extension Service
Forage Testing Laboratories in the Midwest
Listing of forage testing laboratories in the Midwest.
Iowa State University Extension
Hazards and Threats Preparedness Resources
Website with numerous factsheets on topics for recovering from various all-hazard situations.
Louisiana State University Ag Center
Salvaging Crops After Flooding: Recovery of Alfalfa, Irrigated Pastures and Hay
Factsheet discussing factors affecting crop damage after a flood and steps to take for salvaging crops.
University of Wisconsin Extension
Salvaging Stored Wet Feed and Grain
Factsheet discussing the drying, marketing and safe feeding of feed and grain damage by a flood situation.
University of Wisconsin Extension
Tips for Handling Flooded Soils
Factsheet with guidelines on clean-up, soil testing and cover crops for flooded soils.
University of Wisconsin Extension
Weed Management After a Flood-Strategies For This Year and Next
Factsheet discussing stratigies for weed management if a crop recovers or when crops are damaged after a flood.
University of Wisconsin Extension

Additional Resources

After a Flood: Precautions When Returning to Your Home
Document describing precautions to take when returning to home after a flood. Specific considerations for electrical and chemical hazards, clean-up and potential diseases.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Anchor Fuel Tanks
Factsheet on how to anchor a fuel tank to protect it and your home or business during flooding situations.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Build with Flood-Damage Resistant Materials
Factsheet on protecting your property from flooding through the use of flood damage resistant building materials.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Electrical Systems and Appliances: General Clean-up and What to do Before the Electrician Arrives
Factsheet describing steps to take with electrical systems and appliances following a flood.
University of Wisconsin Extension
Emergency Disinfection of Bored or Dug Wells
Information on the safety precautions and disinfection of bored or dug wells after a disaster situation.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Emergency Disinfection of Cisterns and Other Rain-Catchment Systems
Information discussing how to clean, disinfect and maintain the cistern after a flood situation.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Emergency Disinfection of Drilled or Driven Wells
Information on the safety precautions and disinfection steps for drilled or driven wells following a flood situation.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Flood Cleanup: Avoiding Indoor Air Quality Problems
Factsheet discussing long-term indoor air quality problems following flooding situations and how you can lessen these effects.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Flood-Damaged Walls, Ceilings and Floors
Factsheet on how to remove moisture, clean and repair your property after a flood.
University of Wisconsin Extension
Flooded Farm Vehicles and Equipment
Factsheet containing tips on cleaning and reconditioning farm equipment after a flood.
University of Wisconsin Extension
Flooded Private Sewage Systems: Safety, Sanitation and Clean-up Concerns
Factsheet on the safety, sanitation and clean-up concerns involved with flooded private sewage systems.
University of Wisconsin Extension
Interim guidance for protecting workers from livestock and poultry wastewater and sludge during and after floods
Guidance to protect workers from illness and injury after floods affecting animal feeding operations.
Centers for Disease Control NIOSH
National Flood Insurance Program: Flood Insurance Claims Handbook
Link to a claims guide to help individuals through the process of fling a claim and appealing a claim decision.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Planning Ahead: Sump Pump Tips
Video discussing preparedness measures to take for your sump pumpt prior to a flooding situation.
North Dakota State University Extension Service
Plugging Home Drains to Prevent Sewage Backup
Factsheet discussing why and how to plug home drains to prevent sewage backup during flooding or heavy rain situations.
North Dakota State University Extension Service
Preparing to Evacuate Your Farm
Information discussing short-term and long-range preparation for farm evacuations.
North Dakota Extension Service
Preparing to Evacuate Your Farm: Safety Measures When Flooding is Expected
Information on preparing your farm for a flood.
University of Wisconsin Extension
Raise Electrical System Components
Factsheet on raising electrical system components in efforts to protect your property from flooding.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Repairing Your Flooded Home
Booklet (56-page) containing step-by-step advice for clean up, rebuilding and getting help after a flood.
American Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Restoring Heating Systems After a Flood
Factsheet describing steps for restoring a heating system after a flood situation.
University of Wisconsin Extension
Sandbagging for Flood Protection
Factsheet discussing how to properly build a sandbag dike.
North Dakota State University Extension Service
Sandbagging Safety Tips
Video discussing safety tips to remember when filling sandbags during flood situations.
North Dakota State University Extension Service
Septic Systems: Before, During and After an Emergency
Information on maintaining your septic system before, during and after an flood situation.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Septic Systems: What to Do After the Flood
Factsheet with recommendations for addressing septic systems following a flood situation.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
What To Do After the Flood: Private Drinking Water Wells
Factsheet with recommended measures for the emergency disinfection of wells that have been flooded.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)