What is flash flooding?
A flash flooding is a rapid flood that happens suddenly, caused by heavy rainfall, usually in low areas close to rivers, lakes and basins.
Flash floods are a devastating natural disaster that can completely destroy any home or community. There is very little warning for flash floods and proper flash flood preparation is extremely important. Flash floods are capable of causing dozens of deaths at a time and even if you survive a flash flood, it does not mean that you have avoided all danger. It is vital that you adhere to the proper protocol after a flash flood in order to protect yourself, your friends, and your family.
Flash flood safety tips
Before the Flooding
Make sure that you are prepared for a flood at any time! Flash floods are unpredictable and unexpected and being prepared is vital in order to keep you and your family safe! Here are some tips in order to prepare for a flash flood in your area.
- Construct a floodplain around your home if your home is elevated and reinforced.
- Make sure that your furnace, water heater, and electrical panel are elevated if they are in a room in your home that is likely to flood.
- If you install check valves in your sewer trap, this can prevent floodwater from backing up your drain.
- Build barriers in your home. Levees, beams, and floodwalls can help prevent floodwater from entering your home.
- You should use waterproof compounds to seal the foundation in your basement walls.
During the Flash Flood
Keep your family safe by following these flash flood safety tips.
- Check the news for information on the severity of the storm.
- Find higher ground immediately to keep you and your family safe.
- If you have time, move your most important items to higher areas of the house.
- Turn off utilities and electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment while standing in water.
- Avoid walking through moving water capable of pulling you under.
After the Flash Flood
- If the flood is only standing water, pump it out slowly to avoid structural damage.
- As soon as you have removed all standing water, remove furniture and other items from the flooded areas to dry. You may use fans to dry the affected areas faster.
- Throw away food items. To be safe, just assume that they are contaminated.
As soon as you have made certain that you and your family are safe. It is important to avoid further damage to your home. You must hire a professional to help the water damage restoration process go as smoothly and quickly as possible. A flash flood specialist will help you determine the proper steps to take and the proper services to have done to your home. Be sure to avoid contractors that contact you first as they tend to run scams that prey on disaster victims. Hire a company with a long standing reputation and quality technicians that will be on-site within hours! Call ServiceMaster of North Texas at (972) 840-8888 – 24/7 Response.