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April showers bring may flowers… and potential flooding
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Western PA is at a higher risk for flooding during springtime and summer storms, but it’s important to remember that flooding can occur during any season due to a variety of causes including: [1]

  • Large amounts of rain or snow-melt that overwhelm rivers and lakes
  • Excessive rain or snow-melt cannot be fully absorbed into the ground
  • Waterways are blocked with debris or ice and overflow
  • Water containment systems fail (i.e. levees, dams, or water or sewer systems)

While the impact of flooding can vary, just two inches of floodwater indoors can cause approximately $10,000 worth of damage to a 1,000 square foot home. [2]

In addition to property damage, flooding can put your safety at risk. The first step to preparing for the potential of flooding is to know your risk. To check the flood risk in your area, learn about flood safety/evacuation, and create a plan, use the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) website.

Some general tips for protecting your home or office from flood damage are: [1]

  • Consider purchasing flood insurance
  • Elevate heating systems, water heater, and electric panel if their location is prone to flooding
  • Install “check valves” in sewer lines to prevent floodwater from backing up into your drains
  • Waterproof your basement
  • Install sump pumps with battery backup
  • Keep gutters and drains free of debris

Do you know the flood risk of your home, office, and other areas where you spend your time?

[1] http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1409002852888-3c5d1f64f12df02aa801901cc7c311ca/how_to_prepare_flood_033014_508.pdf

[2] https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/flooding_flood_risks/the_cost_of_flooding.jsp


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Article by Jennifer McGee, Marketing Coordinator

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One thought on “April showers bring may flowers… and potential flooding

  1. Thank you so much for this – really clear, simple guide with lots of great tips. I will definitely be sharing it with my friends!

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