Spring Flooding Risks
The temperatures are rising which means the snow is finally melting! Spring is right around the corner and I’m so excited. However, Spring is usually a rainy season, which means we need to be prepared for floods. FEMA, or the Federal Emergency Management Agency, mentions the following risks when it comes to Spring flooding.
As the temperature rises, the snow begins to melt quite quickly, but the ground is still frozen and cannot absorb any of the moisture. This causes the water to runoff into streams, lakes or rivers, which can flood.
As it begins to rain during Spring, it’s important to note that several inches of precipitation over just a few hours can oversaturate the ground and overwhelm storm drains.
Flash flooding occurs when there is a rapid flooding of low lying areas in less than 6 hours.
At SERVPRO of Norridge/Harwood Heights, we feel it’s important to talk about flooding because just a few inches of water in your home can cause thousands of dollars in damage. Make sure you and your family are prepared for any flooding by having a family evacuation plan, making an emergency kit, and by keeping any important papers in safe places. Also, look into Flood Insurance if you do not have it. According to FEMA, “Most standard homeowners policies do not cover flood damage”.
Enjoy the warmer weather, but be prepared for any flooding possibilities!