The purpose of City of Waterford Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) is to establish a comprehensive approach to various identified natural, man-made and technological disasters. The EOP provides an overview of operational concepts; identifies the components of the City’s Emergency Management Organization; and describes overall responsibilities of federal, state and local agencies. This EOP does not address ordinary day-to-day emergencies or the established routine procedures used to cope with such incidents. Rather, this plan concentrates on operational concepts and response procedures relative to large-scale emergencies and disasters.
The EOP is a preparedness document and is designed to be read, understood, and exercised prior to an emergency. The EOP has been developed in accordance with the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
You also find additional information provided by the NOAA Forecasting and Monitoring for Weather and Floods.
Although highly unlikely, the catastrophic failure of Don Pedro Dam would have severe consequences. Foremost, are injuries, loss of life, limited transportation routes, and a decrease in vital utilities. Evacuation routes out of town would be south, primarily using J9/Hickman Road and north, primarily using J9/Oakdale-Waterford Highway. Residents would be informed not to go to Modesto for it will flood. Residents would be notified to go toward Turlock/Merced and Riverbank/Oakdale.
Inundation from Dam Failure as depicted would be an extraordinary occurrence with little probability.