So far this summer, areas of the U.S. have received record setting rainfall causing flooding to streets, commercial buildings and homes. Check out this flooding video on Weather.com in Southern California this past weekend! Have you reflected on what you would do if flooding occurred in your community? Whether you’re driving a car or are inside your home or office, knowing what to do if a flood hits might assist you in avoiding damage and protect you from harm.
If there is a lot water on the street:
- If you lose tire traction, remove your foot off the accelerator until you are able to steer the car again. Never brake!
- If your car goes into a fishtail spin, let off the accelerator slowly. Do not brake unless your foot is already on the brake then remove it 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 avoid an auto accident, keep extra space between you and the car in front of you in case a driver brakes quickly. While going 64 mph, one vehicle’s distance to a complete stop is approximately 304 ft., or the length of an entire football field.
- Look at your tire pressure once per month. Inflated tires can save money with better gas mileage and help avoid auto accidents caused by deflated tires.
If there is flooding inside your home or office:
- Follow evacuation guidelines and call 911 if you encounter any danger
- Try to secure your home prior to evacuating if it’s safe to do so
- Use at-home sandbags and towels in 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