Hazards to Prepare For
Grant County doesn't have the large population and infrastructure of some counties at risk, however, we do have many citizens who are unaware of their earthquake risk as well as numerous unsafe buildings. We cannot predict or prevent earthquakes, but by preparing for the consequences we can save lives and reduce injury and property loss.
Floods & Flash Floods
On average, the Canyon Creek reaches 500 to 700 cubic feet per second (CFS), or action stage, once every year. And flood stage once every five years. This results in some minor inconveniences and damage each time it happens. Continued encroachment and development in the river flood way aggravates the situation. The highest risk drainages include Canyon Creek. Existing channels are inadequate to carry sudden large flows of water in many areas of dense development
Thunderstorms & Lightning
Thunderstorms, large amounts of rain, hail, lightning, and high winds directly affect Grant County. These storms may also cause secondary problems such as loss of utilities, automobile accidents due to low visibility, and flash floods. Each year an average of two to five incidents of thunderstorm related damage is recorded in Grant County.
Hazardous Materials Accidents
Hazardous materials incidents are the most likely hazard to occur locally. Hazardous materials, including agricultural chemicals, are commonly produced, stored and used in Grant County.
More people are making their homes in the foothills and outlying areas. These homeowners enjoy the beauty of the environment but face the very real danger of wildfires. Wildfires, when forced along a path of dry vegetation by high winds, may move very rapidly, often destroying everything in their path within minutes.