Well Water Safety After Flooding

With heavy rains, private drinking water wells can become contaminated from pollutants in the flood water or surface water runoff. Learn what steps you can take to ensure a safe drinking water supply for your family.

Preparing a Home Which Will be Flooded

Steps should be taken to minimize damage to homes in the path of floodwaters. Clean-up will be easier and less costly if the following measures are taken.

Preparing to Evacuate a Farm / Ranch - from North Dakota State University

Before the Flood - Videos from NDSU

  • Planning Ahead: Portable Generator Safety
  • Sandbagging
  • Sump Pump Tips
  • Plugging Home Drains to Prevent Sewage Backup

Equipment for Entering and Cleaning Flood-Damaged Property

Folks waiting for flood waters to recede can start preparing to clean up homes and property by locating and organizing essential tools and equipment. Carol Welte, UNL Extension Educator, shares a list of items recommended specifically for entering and cleaning up flood damaged property.

Managing a Private Drinking Water Well Before, During, and After a Flood

Photo of child getting a drink of water from faucent

When a private drinking water well is at risk of inundation by flood waters: (photo by Rachael Wright)

Managing a Septic System Before, During and After a Flood

If the area around a septic system is flooded or saturated, the system cannot work properly. Steps can be taken before, during, and after flooding to prevent untreated wastewater from being returned to groundwater.

 Photo showing pumping of septic system
(Photo by Sharon Skipton)


Flooding on the Platte River - Photo by Gary Stone

Flooding on the Platte River. Photo by Gary Stone, 2011.

Direct questions to your local University of Nebraska - Lincoln Extension Office or contact us at:

UNL Extension
211 Agricultural Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE, USA 68583-0703
phone: 402/472-2966
fax: 402/472-5557
email: ltempel1@unl.edu