The skies are clear now…but a look at this weekend’s weather forecast shows a not-insignificant chance for showers today and tomorrow. The heavy rains over the past two weeks have already caused flooding in houses throughout the area, but, with the grounds and drainage systems saturated, people who’ve avoided problems thus far aren’t out of the woods yet.
Jared Kasan of Flood Control, Inc., a company whose local office has received dozens of calls for help with flooding cleanup since the rains started — and is now getting calls from people dealing with post-flooding issues like mold — said that people who live in lower-lying areas should take the following steps to try to mitigate flood damage before it occurs:
- Always have a sump pump available. Being able to keep the water at bay before a professional arrives can save a lot of time and money. And most importantly, it can prevent A LOT of damage.
- If possible, have French drains installed. These are basement pipes that go underground all the way out to the street, taking water away from the house.
- Avoid storing important documents and valuables in flood prone areas like attics and basements.
And if flooding does start to occur, Kasan recommends the following:
- If you must use the basement, put boxes on cinder blocks or high shelves. The longer the possessions stay away from the water, the better.
- Put sand bags around furnaces. This helps to protect the heating for the house.
- Shut off electricity in the basement!
If you have pictures of basement flooding caused by the storms, send them to stories [at] shawneemissionpost.com, and we’ll post them on the site.