Storms capable of producing up to 6 inches of rain in under 6 hours are actually quite common occurrences in the US,
(PRWEB) April 19, 2012
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water removal and restoration services in the United States, is providing some severe weather statistics in order to encourage property owners to be aware and prepared for major weather related hazards.
Flooding occurs in all fifty states, throughout the year, and claims more than 200 lives annually. Another 300,000 people are displaced from their homes due to flooding, and property damage usually runs around $2 billion. Flash floods are among the most dangerous flood events, forming rapidly and providing no warning to those in their path. 75% of flash flood deaths occur at night with most of the victims becoming trapped in their automobiles by rising flood waters. Most of these deaths are preventable, simply the result of people purposefully ignoring warning signs that have been put up to direct motorists elsewhere.
Storms capable of producing up to 6 inches of rain in under 6 hours are actually quite common occurrences in the US, happening several times each year. With that in mind, it is important to have an emergency plan in place, designed to protect property and loved ones from the threat of severe weather and the accompanying flooding. Flash flood rainfall cannot be prevented, but the problem can be mitigated through proper preparation, determining a property’s given flood threat, and taking appropriate action such as moving valuables to a higher floor in the home, elevating power outlets and electrical boxes to a higher level on the walls, out of reach of projected flood levels.
Proper landscaping is also recommended, with an appropriate 10 degree slope away from the property for a distance of no less than 10 feet. Ground can only hold so much water, and once that ground has been saturated, the excess will have to go somewhere. Proper landscaping and grading will ensure that the water flows away from the home or business, effectively avoiding flood damage.
Flood insurance should also be a priority, but with severe weather season already underway and a 30 day waiting period before most flood policies go into effect, such insurance plans should be purchased immediately to allow them to go into effect as soon as possible.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading water removal and restoration companies in the US, with service providers in 30 states. They are available 24/7, offer same day emergency service, and all work is guaranteed.