So far this summer, parts of the United States have encountered record setting rainfall causing floods to streets, commercial buildings and homes. Check out this flooding video on Weather.com in the south of California this past weekend! Have you reflected on what you would do if flooding occurred in your area? Whether you’re in a car or are inside your home or workplace, being in the know if a flood hits might assist you in avoiding damage and keep you safe from harm.
If there is excess water on the street:
- 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, ease off the accelerator slowly. Never 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 seems. There is no way to predict how deep the water is.
- To prevent a car accident, keep extra space between you and the car in front of you in case a driver brakes fast. While averaging 64 miles per hour, one vehicle’s distance to a full stop is approximately 304 ft., or the length of an entire football field.
- Check your tire pressure once a month. Tires inflated properly can save money with better gas mileage and help prevent auto accidents caused by deflated tires.
If there is flooding inside your home or office:
- Follow evacuation protocol and call 911 if you encounter 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
- Contact 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