Tips To Prevent Flooding In Your Home – We all know the saying “April showers bring May flowers,” but what most forget about is what those April showers can do to your house. It’s already March, so here are a few tips to get your home prepared for the rainy season…
Ways to prevent flooding that are simple and will save you a lot of money in the long run:
- Flood waters can be extremely dangerous. The force of six inches of swiftly moving water can knock an adult person off his or her feet. The best protection during a flood is to leave the area and seek shelter on higher ground.
- Flash flood waters move very quickly and can roll boulders, tear out trees, destroy buildings and obliterate bridges. Walls of water can reach heights of 10 to 20 feet and generally are accompanied by a deadly cargo of debris. The best response to any signs of flash flooding is to move immediately and quickly to higher ground.
- Just two feet of moving water can float and carry away most vehicles, including sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pickup trucks. You can protect yourself best by being prepared and having time to act.
Before a Flood:
• Check with your local floodplain administrator to determine if you live in a flood-prone area.
• Consider installing check valves in building sewer traps to prevent flood waters from backing up in sewer drains.
• Plan and practice an evacuation route.
• Have disaster supplies on hand.
• Develop an emergency communication plan.
• Flood damage to vehicles is covered by auto insurance when comprehensive coverage is purchased.
During a Flood Watch
- Listen to a radio or television for the latest storm information.
- Fill bathtub, sinks and jugs with clean water in case water becomes contaminated.
- Move valuable household possessions to upper floors or to safe grounds if time permits.
- If you are instructed by local authorities, turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close
Be prepared to evacuate.
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