Staying Safe After a Flood
Flooding occurs when water overflows from a few inches deep to completely engulfing entire buildings. Flooding can happen when rivers and lakes can't handle too much rain or snowmelt or when rain can't be absorbed completely.
It's critical to know the difference between watching and a warning to know what to do to stay safe.
Flood Watch or Flash Flood Watch
Flooding or flash flooding in your area is possible. Pay attention to changing weather and flood conditions, and be prepared to move to higher ground.
Flooding is occurring or is about to happen. Avoid low-lying areas and, if necessary, evacuate.
Flash Flood Warning
If a flash flood is occurring or is about to happen, seek higher ground immediately.
It is essential to be prepared for unpredictable weather. Here are a few to stay safe after a flood:
- Return only when the authorities indicate it is safe to do so.
- Except in an emergency, avoid driving.
- When cleaning mold or other debris, wear thick work gloves, protective gear, and boots, and use suitable face coverings or masks.
- Be careful that there could be snakes or other animals in your home.
- Be cautious of the possibility of electrocution. If you are standing in water, if the equipment is wet, do not touch it. If it is safe, turn off the electrical to avoid a shock.
- Floodwater can be contaminated or charged with electricity from downed power lines, so avoid wading in it.
- Only use a generator or other gasoline-powered gear outside and away from windows.
SERVPRO of Lansdale, Warminster, Blue Bell, and Abington Jenkintown can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions and is available 24 hours a day – Call us today at 215.368.4110.