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Flood Preparedness Week

WISCONSIN (WAOW) -- With warmer temperatures and rain in the forecast chances of flooding increase.  Governor Scott Walker declared this Flood Preparedness Week.

You'll remember, flooding last September damaged much of the state and some people are still recovering from it.  Many people didn't have flood insurance.  Less than one percent of Wisconsin households have it.

Here's an example of how much a flood could cost you.

Tod Pritchard with Wisconsin Emergency Management says, "If you get just three of four inches of water in your basement, you're looking at $7,000-$8,000 in damage.  If you get 5 or 6 inches, you're looking at $12,000. $12,000.  That's a lot of money that we don't have.  So, thinking about getting flood insurance could cover those costs."

Without flood insurance, even if you're renting, you're responsible for the damage.  There is a 30-day waiting period before your policy goes into effect.

Here are some more tips for flood preparation:

Make a plan – Your family may not be together when a flood hits, so it's important to know how you will contact one another, how you will meet up in a safe place and what you will do in case of an emergency.

Get a kit – An emergency kit can be your life line after an emergency. It should sustain yourself and your family for up to three days.  For flood prone areas, keeping your important documents in a sealed, airtight container will keep them safe from water damage.

Know the risk – One of the most important steps of being prepared is to find out if your home is at risk for flooding. You don't have to live near a river or stream to experience flooding.

Online Reporter: Cami Mountain

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