Flood Information

Town of Salisbury Flood Information

Flooding in our town is caused by two main sources. Winter storms bring surges up to the homes and businesses along the shoreline and, when coupled with astronomically high tides, present a threat to all land areas subject to tidal flooding.  Floodwaters can cover many blocks 2 feet deep or more.  The Merrimack River, Blackwater River, Town Creek, Smallpox Brook and smaller streams also flood during or soon after heavy storms. 

Know the Risk

What You Can Do To Prepare

  • Regular homeowner's insurance policies do not cover flood damage. Call your insurance agent to purchase flood insurance to protect your home.
  • Replace the batteries in flashlights and portable radios and store these emergency supplies in water-tight plastic bags.
  • Have a supply of sandbags, plastic sheeting, plywood and tools ready to waterproof doors and windows.
  • Post emergency numbers near the telephone.
  • Prepare and practice Emergency Plans with your family.
  • Get more information about flooding.

If Flooding is Present or Imminent

  • Stay informed about weather conditions. Use the radio (tuned to WBZ 1030 AM or WUMB 91.7 FM) as your primary source of information and instruction. The Police Department will contact you using the Code Red system in case of evacuations or other important information.
  • Track Nor'easters and Stay Safe using CZM's many useful links on this website 
  • Make sure your family and Pets are safe. Then, if time permits, move valuable possessions off the floor.
  • Do not try to drive across a flooded road -- you could become stranded or trapped.
  • Report downed power lines, leaking gas lines, or blocked storm drains to the Town immediately.
  • Be ready to evacuate if directed by emergency personnel.

After The Flood

  • Check for structural damage before re-entering your home to avoid being trapped in a building collapse.
  • Take photos of any floodwater in your home and save any damaged personal property.
  • Make a list of damaged or lost items and include their purchase date and value with receipts, and place with the inventory you took prior to the flood. Some damaged items may require disposal, so keep photographs of these items.
  • Keep power off until an electrician has inspected your system for safety.
  • Boil water for drinking and food preparation until authorities tell you that your water supply is safe.
  • Permits may be required for repairing the damage from a flood. Check with the Building Department before starting any work.


Local Resources

State and Federal Resources

  Police Department

(978)465-3121 (non-emergencies)

911 (emergencies only)

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

 Fire Rescue Department

 (978)465-3631 (non-emergencies)

 911 (emergencies only)

Mass 511

Emergency Management


NOAA National Weather Service

Department of Public Works


Northeast Satellite Imagery
 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
 EPA New England
 American Red Cross of Northeastern Massachusetts