We don’t have to worry about floods in sunny California right? Wrong! There is actually a well-documented history of flooding in Southern California. In fact, anywhere there is rain, there is a chance that flooding may occur. Many of us know more about earthquakes than flooding, so we decided to take some time to educate our readers on the dangers of flooding, how to prepare for a flood, and what to do after a flood.
Prepare for Flooding
Just as you do for earthquakes, you should have an emergency kit ready to go and a communication plan with your family in the event you get separated. Your flood kit probably won’t be too different than your earthquake kit, apart from waterproof packaging.
Additionally, learn the evacuation routes and potential shelter plans for your community. Make sure you know where all of your important documents are filed and that they are stored in a waterproof container.
Sign up for your community’s emergency warning system. CalAlerts is a great alert system to use! It will keep you up-to-date on natural disaster warnings.
Further ways to minimize flood risk include how you build your home and the location of your home. If you live in areas of high flood risk, construct a physical barrier, such as a wall, in your backyard to help keep out floodwater. Additionally, consider sealing your basement using waterproofing materials.
During a Flood
Flash flooding can develop after just a couple of hours of rain. If a dam or levee breaks, flooding can occur in a matter of minutes. It is vital that you follow broadcast emergency information from your radio or television, so you are aware of all emergency announcements and evacuation orders.
The best way to avoid injury from flooding is to leave your home. Go to a safe location before major flooding hits to prevent bodily harm. It’s better to be overly cautious and leave your home than wait too long and sustain an injury. This is why preparation is so vital. If you can get ready to leave in a few minutes, you’ll be better able to evacuate the area.
Once flooding commences, you’ll want to avoid moving water. Don’t drive, walk, or swim through any flood water. All it takes is six inches of moving water to sweep you off your feet. And, one foot of water to move a motor vehicle. If you try to travel through floodwaters, you risk drowning!
After a Flood
Even after flooding resolves you aren’t necessarily safe. Listen to the authorities and don’t return to your home until you’ve been cleared to do so. Roads may still be dangerous, as debris can cause obstructions and sinkholes can form.
When you are able to return home, take proper safety precautions. Wear safe footwear and clothing. Avoid floodwaters as much as possible since they can have dangerous bacteria.
If your home has sustained water damage, that’s where we come in! If your home has experienced a flood, you’ll need experienced water restoration experts to fix your property. It’s vital that you call us as soon as possible since water damage gets significantly worse over time. Mold can grow in as little as one day!
To resolve your home flood, we remove all the water and dry out your property. We offer content packing service as well, so you don’t have to worry about storing your belongings during the restoration process. Lastly, we have dealt with all of the major insurance companies and can handle your flood insurance claim. We know insurance can be a source of frustration for many of our clients. We’ll ensure your home is taken care of in a timely manner!
If you or someone you know has suffered from water damage in their home, contact Clear Coast Restoration at (909) 443-2626 or fill out an online form.