Summer Storms can Bring Flash Flooding
When we think of summer our thoughts go to sunshine, beaches and lemonade but summer storms can bring heavy rains and flash flooding. These storms can bring several inches or feet of water in a short period of time causing flooding and many dangers. The NSSC (National Sever Storms Laboratory) says that, “floods are the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters and in the U.S., floods kill more people each year than tornadoes, hurricanes and lighting.”
To keep your family safe during a flash flood, follow these guidelines:
- If you live in a flood zone, have a family plan.
- Always be alert of flash flood watches and if it turns into a warning get to high ground immediately.
- Never drive into high water, your vehicle can be carried away or flip over.
- Do not walk into highwaters, only six inches of rushing water can knock you over. Flooding water is also considered sewage because the contaminates it contains.
- Downed power lines can cause the water to be deadly.
When the water recedes, there are some precautions you can take:
- Make sure is it safe to return to the flood zone.
- Check your basement for water damage caused by the flood. Do not enter if there is standing water.
- Inspect structure for damage and any risk of collapsing.
- Check for fire hazards, gas leaks and water damaged electrical circuits.
- Look for cracks or damage to your foundation.
- Ventilate your home by opening windows and doors.
- Dispose of any food that was in the flood.
- Be caution of any animals that may have entered your home.
If your home is damaged by flooding, you will need a professional water damage restoration company to restore your home. Call SERVPRO of the North Coast at 216-221-3333.