Summer Storms and Floods
With summer approaching quickly, it's important to think about the storms that it brings. Thunderstorms bring heavy rains, strong winds, and occasionally hail or tornadoes. While tornadoes seem scary, more deaths are because of lightning than tornadoes. During a storm, it's important to stay inside and away from windows.
Flooding is also associated with large storms due to the heavy rains. Flooding is the number one severe storm killer, because people fail to realize the danger and power of water. Flash floods are the most dangerous, because they can sweep away everything in their paths. They occur often at night in mid to late summer.
If you find yourself caught in a flood, make sure to follow all instructions from local authorities, which could include evacuation. If evacuating, make sure to be careful on the roads, because two feet of water can carry away an automobile and follow all evacuation routes provided.
When you re-enter your home, check for fire hazards, inspect foundation for cracks, throw away all food (including canned goods) that have come in contact with flood waters, and check utilities. Do not come into contact with flood waters! They could be contaminated with things such as gas, oil or raw sewage.
SERVPRO of Norridge/Harwood Heights would like to remind you to be safe this summer among these storms!