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In the Event of a Dam Failure

Prepare for a possible flood

  • Use our inundation maps to determine if your residence is located in an area at risk for flooding.
  • Next, familiarize yourself with the area you live in and find the best evacuation route.
  • Understand the difference between a tornado/weather siren and Xcel Energy's dam failure siren. The dam failure siren emits a whoop tone followed by an audio voice message.

React to the warning siren accordingly

  • The audio voice message of the warning siren will indicate whether the siren is a test or actual warning.
  • If an actual siren warning occurs, seek high ground immediately.
  • Do not attempt to cross a flooded road. Seek an alternate route.

Where you should go

  • First choose the most efficient route out of the inundation zone.
  • Local emergency response agencies will use television and radio to announce the location of evacuation shelters.
  • For other questions visit our Dam Failure FAQ page.

Learn more about living near dams (external link).

Energy Saving Tip

Energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs may cost a bit more up front, but they can save big money over the life of the product. Plus, some energy-efficient equipment may be eligible for rebates to offset the initial cost.


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Before beginning an outdoor project, be aware of overhead electric lines and keep yourself, your ladders and tools at least 10 feet away from them.

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