Warns That Snowmelt, Rain May Cause Rivers To Rise Rapidly

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A leading water damage restoration provider advises caution, planning in advance of severe winter weather and record rainfall.

If flooding appears imminent, plans should be in place for evacuation to higher ground., one of the leading water damage restoration providers in the country, is advising property owners to be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions this winter, as snowmelt coupled with heavy rains may cause rivers and creeks to rise rapidly, overflowing their banks and creating serious flood conditions.

In Oregon this week, heavy rainfall on the order of 1 to 8 inches, coupled with recent snowfall, has caused widespread flooding in the Northwest portion of the state. It has become a one-two punch as conditions are repeating themselves and may cause additional flood damage to the area later this week.

In any case where snowfall is accompanied by rain, the possibility of flooding is increased, and home and business owners, especially those in low lying areas, should be aware of the threat and take steps to protect their properties, as well as have an evacuation plan in place.

If flood waters are expected, all loose or valuable items should be moved to an upper level, especially electrical devices or appliances.

If flooding appears imminent, plans should be in place for evacuation to higher ground. All utilities should be shut off at their source. Each family member should have their own evacuation “go bag” equipped with food, water, clothing, and money for an extended stay away from home.

Because snowfall usually makes travel difficult, and even dangerous, it becomes doubly important to monitor the local weather conditions, and be able to leave before travel becomes impossible.

Of course, proper flood insurance is also vital for protecting any home in the event of a flood. Because flood policies have a 30 day waiting period, it becomes important to obtain the coverage now, especially since the winter season has begun in earnest for many areas of the country.

Based in Cleveland, OH, offers water damage repair and restoration services in more than 30 states, with new providers being added every week. Visit their website for additional information.


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