The City of Coffeyville wants to ensure citizens and visitors that we are fully aware of the hazards related to flooding. While our City does not regularly experience flooding, the Verdigris River has reached the flooding stage on several occasions and will continue to do so, given the right set of circumstances. We want everyone to be aware of the risks of floods and know what action to take in the event of a flood. This page on our website is designed to bring our community members important flood information pertinent to Coffeyville.
know the risk
Coffeyville Flood 2007
In 2007 during the month of June, 17.70 inches of precipitation was recorded in Coffeyville. Upstream the Verdigris River also received significant rainfall. This led to the Coffeyville flood where the river crested at 30.70 feet on July 1st, 2007 - more than 4 feet higher than the levee. An estimated quarter of the City, 497 structures and 71 businesses were affected. Coffeyville was changed forever due to the flood of 2007 but the community came together and persevered.
insure your property
Why do you need flood insurance? Check out the brochure from the National Flood Insurance Program for valuable information regarding flood insurance: National Flood Insurance Program Brochure
Link to more information: National Flood Insurance Program Site
Nixle is a free service to keep you informed about what is going on in Coffeyville by email and text message. Weather alerts are automatically pushed out by the National Weather Service. If a weather warning is issued for Montgomery County, a Nixle will be sent. Sign up to receive notices via the Nixle website.
Make a Plan
Make a plan for your household, including your pets, so that you and your family know what to do, where to go, and what you will need to protect yourselves in the event of evacuation due to potential flooding. Check out the following information from Ready.gov on how to prepare and stay safe during and after a flood: Floods - Ready.gov
In direct response to so many unnecessary vehicular-related flood deaths, the National Weather Service developed a national campaign called, “Turn Around Don’t Drown TM .” The campaign aims to educate motorists of the dangers of driving across flooded roads. NWS Turn Around Don't Drown Brochure
protect your property
If a flood is predicted and you have time to prepare, consider taking these steps to protect your home.
Find out where there is higher ground and plan at least two different routes to get there. Know what you will take with you in an emergency.
While sandbags won’t provide complete protection from flooding, they can help divert water away from your home. Yet, the process is time-consuming, takes at least two people, and can be expensive. Sandbags are best filled only halfway with sand before being placed and are often used in conjunction with plastic sheeting and sump pumps.
The US Army Engineers has an excellent resource on how to fill and place the bags. You’ll also need to plan on how to dispose of the waterlogged bags after the flood, as you’ll need to assume they are contaminated. Fortunately, there are also new products available that are flat when dry but expand to form a wall when wet that make the process easier.
If you have a propane or oil tank on your property, make sure it is firmly anchored to the ground to prevent it being swept away by flood waters.
If a flood is imminent, but you still have a little time before evacuating, take the following steps to protect your home. Your safety is always #1, so assess that it's safe and you have ample time to prepare.
Place as many of your more expensive and important items on the second floor of your home or in your attic. If neither of these is an option for you, put them in upper cabinets or on countertops.
Unplug all your appliances and electronic devices from the outlets. Elevate them if possible.
3. Shut off
Turn off your water supply, as well as the gas line and electricity if you can.
For more information visit: https://www.fema.gov/
44 CFR 59.1. Definitions: “Substantial improvement” means any reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition or other improvement to a structure, the total cost of which equals or exceeds 50 percent of the market value of the structure before the start of construction of the improvement.
protect natural floodplain functions
Storm drains are the grates in the streets next to the curbs where water naturally flows. Unfortunately, leaves and debris can also naturally flow into the storm drains. Keeping storm drains free from trash and debris is important to flood prevention.
The storm drains in the street outside your home flow directly to waterways, without any treatment. It is therefore very important that no one be allowed to dump waste of any kind onto the street surface, drainage pipes, and ditches, or into storm drains – they are only for rainwater. If you see someone dumping anything onto street surfaces, into storm drains, or into any other device built to contain rainfall or runoff, please report it immediately by calling the Stormwater Department at 620-252-6019 or by completing the form in the link below. (If there is no answer at the number listed above, leave a message)
Illicit Drainage Complaints: Observed illegal dumping into the stormwater system and/ or streams. Anything entering the stormwater system that is not stormwater is considered an illicit discharge.