Tips on Preparing Your Mercer County Home for Flash Flooding
Summertime typically means lots of sunshine, but the heat can also bring unexpected heavy thunderstorms to the Mercer County, NJ area, as we have already experienced this summer.
Whether you live in Hamilton, Trenton or Ewing, heavy rains can spell trouble. While these summer storms typically don’t last very long, they can lead to flash floods. By definition, a flash flood involves flooding that starts within 6 hours of heavy rainfall but often occurs as soon as 3 hours after the storm. Urban areas are prone to this type of flooding, as land use, and topography do not allow water to be absorbed into the ground quickly. Suburban areas may also be affected by this type of flooding where lawns and permeable landscapes saturate very quickly causing increased water run-off.
Floods may result from heavy rain, storm surges, coastal storms, and dam overflows. In just 6 inches of moving water, you could risk serious injury as well as your home. In as little as 1 foot of moving water, vehicles can be swept away. If there is a flash flood watch or warning in your area be prepared to act and evacuate. It’s just smart to have a plan in place in case your home or business is impacted by unwanted water.
Tips to Prepare Your Home for a Flash Flood:
- All electrical sockets, switches, and wiring should be elevated at least a foot above any predicted flood levels. This prevents your home from becoming a safety hazard in the case that there is a flood.
- Waterproof your basement. While this may involve an expense, it is worth it if you live in a flood zone and will prevent future damage to your home.
- Once a flood watch occurs, move furniture and valuable items to a secure location.
Flash flooding may occur in any location.
In case your home experiences water damage due to an unexpected flood, call SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton at 609-894-8555. Our is ready to mobilize to mitigate the harmful effects of flash flooding