Be in the know! What should you do if a flood hits your area?

So far this summer, parts of the United States have encountered record setting rainfall causing flooding to streets, commercial properties 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 happened in your region? Whether you’re driving a car or are inside your house or workplace, being in the know if a flood hits might assist you in avoiding damage and protect you from harm.
If there is excess water on the road:

  • If you lose tire traction, take your foot off the accelerator until you are capable of steering the car again. Never brake!
  • If your car fishtails, let off the accelerator slowly. Never brake unless your foot is already braking then remove it slowly. Steer into the opposite direction you are fishtailing.
  • Avoid driving through a flooded roadway, no matter how shallow you think the water seems. You cannot 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 quickly. While averaging 64 mph, one vehicle’s distance to a full stop is about 304 ft., or the length of an entire football field.
  • Look at your tire pressure once per month. Inflated tires can save money with increased gas mileage and help prevent crashes caused by failed tires.

If there is excess water inside your home or office:

  • Follow evacuation protocol and call 911 if you encounter any danger
  • Attempt to secure your home before 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