Already this summer, areas of the United States have received record setting rainfall causing floods to streets, commercial properties and homes. Check out this flooding video on Weather.com in the south of California this past weekend! Have you thought about what you would do if flooding occurred in your community? Whether you’re in a car or are inside your house or workplace, knowing what to do if a flood hits might help you avoid damage and protect you from harm.
If there is excess water on the road:
- If you lose traction in your tires, take your foot off the accelerator until you are capable of steering the car again. Do not brake!
- If your car goes into a fishtail spin, let off the accelerator slowly. Do not brake unless your foot is already braking then lift it off slowly. Steer into the opposite direction you are fishtailing.
- Avoid driving through a roadway that’s been flooded, no matter how shallow you think the water looks. There is no way to predict how deep the water is.
- To prevent a car accident, leave extra space between you and the car in front of you in case a driver brakes fast. While going 64 mph, one vehicle’s distance to a complete stop is about 304 feet, or the length of an entire football field.
- Check your tire pressure once a month. Inflated tires can save money with increased gas mileage and help prevent auto accidents caused by failed tires.
If there is flooding inside your home or office:
- Follow evacuation protocol and call 911 if you experience any danger
- Try to secure your home before evacuating if it’s safe to do so
- Use at-home sandbags and towels inside of pipes
- Call your insurance company
- Call Paul!
Water damage restoration services provided by Paul Davis:
- 24/7 emergency services
- Water damage assessment, water extraction and removal
- Drying out affected areas of your home (including walls, carpet/padding, furniture)
- Cleaning and restoration of personal possessions (clothes, linens, books, documents, etc.)
- Mold and mildew remediation
- Locate and repair source of leaking water
- Insurance claim assistance
References: Weather.com | Smartmotorists.com | Driversedguru.com