The National Weather Service recognizes March 11-15, 2019, as Flood Safety Awareness Week in Illinois. To reduce damages on property that is susceptible to flooding:
- Apply watertight seals to brick and block walls to protect against low level flooding (less than 2 feet).
- Elevate furnaces, air conditioners, water heaters and major appliances on platforms, or move them to higher floors.
- Sandbag and remove items from areas prone to flooding.
- Elevating or relocating the entire structure may be a feasible option.