Are You Ready For Potential Flooding in Western MA? Part One
This blog is the first in a series exploring extreme weather.
Are you prepared if you experience flooding in your house or business? It's a common misperception that flooding only occurs in flood-prone zones. In fact, flooding can happen anywhere it rains. Did you know floods are the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters? In the U.S. floods kill more people each year than tornadoes, hurricanes or lightning!
At SERVPRO of Hampshire County, we've witnessed many homes and people's lives affected by water damage. Make sure you are familiar with the following terms:
FLASH FLOOD or FLOOD WATCH: Flash flooding or flooding is possible within the designated watch area - be alert.
FLASH FLOOD or FLOOD WARNING: Flash flooding or flooding has been reported or is imminent - take necessary precautions at once! Get to higher ground!
URBAN and SMALL STREAM ADVISORY: Flooding of small streams, streets and low-lying areas, such as railroad underpasses and urban storm drains is occurring.
FLASH FLOOD or FLOOD STATEMENT: Follow-up information regarding a flash flood/flood event.
If you experience a flooding situation in your home or business, don't wait. Many kinds of water damage cannot be seen by the untrained eye and require the right expertise and equipment. For examples of water damage we have mitigated, visit our Before/After pictures on this site.
SERVPRO of Hampshire County is available 24/7, 365 days a year for your emergency needs whether it be water damage, fire/soot damage, mold or any kind of cleanup.
Flood terms provided by The National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)