RestorationLocal.com Warns That Winter Weather Patterns May Increase Flood And Water Damage Risk

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Water restoration authority advises homeowners to guard against flooding caused by winter weather conditions.

Between 2006 and 2010, the average flood damage claim totaled around $36000...

RestorationLocal.com, one of the leading water damage restoration providers in the country, is warning property owners of the increased risk for flooding that may be caused by wide range of conditions brought on by winter weather patterns. Even areas that receive less snow and rain than others this season may experience drought conditions that can lead to flash flooding later on when the rain does decide to return. Seasonal rains, thunderstorms, and rapid snowmelt may also lead to flooding conditions, and homeowners are encouraged to make proper preparations in the event of a flood.

Across the Midwest, which is predicted to be the hotspot for winter weather activity this season, heavy snowfall, ice jams, snowmelt, and storms generated by fluctuating temperatures may increase the likelihood of localized flooding, while the Pacific Northwest has a regular pattern of intense winter storms coupled with above average rainfall. Recent wildfires in the area have left the ground charred and unable to absorb excess water, which may help set the stage for flooding conditions.

Between 2006 and 2010, the average flood damage claim totaled around $36000, more than the average property owner is prepared to pay. Federal aid is available through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) which provides flood insurance coverage for an additional premium outside the normal homeowners’ policy.

“When it comes to reducing the vulnerability to natural disasters, the whole community has a role to play, and that includes individual citizens,” said David Miller, associate administrator for FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration. “One of the most critical ways residents can protect their homes and businesses from the severe weather that may cause flooding is to obtain flood insurance.”

RestorationLocal.com also encourages residents to prepare for potential flooding by having emergency bags prepared for each family member, with clothing, non perishable food items, bottled water, cash and identification. The provisions should be sufficient enough to last for several days.

Based in Cleveland OH, RestorationLocal.com is one of the leading providers of water restoration services in the country, with service in 30 states and additional providers being added every month.

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