Flooding often happens along with many other storm-related events. For this reason, floods remain the #1 natural disaster in the U.S. Flooding can happen without warning and the damage is swift and devastating. The impact to life and property can seem beyond repair. Use the following guide to help prepare your family and property for flooding this year.
Flood Preparedness: The Basics
It’s never a good idea to walk or drive through flood waters, even if you think it’s only a few inches. 6 inches is enough for moving water to knock you off your feet. It only takes 2 feet to move your vehicle. Just don’t do it. At the first chance of flash flooding, move somewhere higher. If you are in your vehicle and the water is rising around you, take every precaution. If the water is not moving, abandon your vehicle to higher ground. It is extremely dangerous to exit your vehicle into moving floodwaters. Additionally, be smart where you park your car during heavy rainfall. Rivers and other streams are prone to flooding quickly. To be safe, just turn around.
What to do During a Flood Watch
When a flood watch is issued in your area, it means the conditions are good for flooding. You need to be aware. Keep your radio or tv turned on and tuned into a reliable source for weather updates and emergency information. Explore your surroundings for higher ground you could reach quickly, maybe even by foot. Take inventory of your emergency kit and make sure you have plenty of everything including a flashlight, batteries, a first aid kit, and extra cash. Be ready to turn off your electricity and gas at the main switch when instructed.
What to do During a Flood Warning
When a flood warning is issued in your area, it means flooding is already happening or will happen soon. You need to take action. Move immediately and remain on higher ground. Listen to emergency instructions and be ready to evacuate if directed. Do not drive or walk through flood waters, no matter how low you think they are.
What to do After a Flood
Wait for instructions from authorities to return safely to your home. Take photographs of any damage to your property for insurance claims. When you are out and about, watch for debris and eroded roads and pathways. Avoid standing water and driving through areas still flooded. Remember, there is a chance for electrocution due to downed power lines and other electrical hazards.
Before the Flood
It is a good time to make sure you are prepared in the case of heavy flooding. Make sure you have a flood emergency plan and be sure to restock your emergency kit. Look into your area emergency plans and locate places of higher ground should you need to evacuate. Flood insurance is a good protection to have, but keep in mind it only works after flood damage has already occurred. For flood prevention, consider purchasing a flood barrier. They are easy to deploy and store, and will prevent flood waters from damaging your property.
Be Prepared. Stay Dry.
You never know when flooding could happen in your area. Floods accompany many other storms and the damage they bring is devastating. Use this guide to know what to do before, during, and after flooding occurs. Contact Us for more information on flood preparedness and the use of flood barriers for prevention.
Hurricane season 2016 is upon us. You may be wondering, like most property owners, how active this season will be. The 30-year average is 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes. The expectation this year is almost identical. Meteorologists expect to see 13 named storms, five hurricanes, and two major hurricanes. You don’t have to remember very far back to realize the devastation just one hurricane can bring. If you haven’t already prepared, now is the time to make sure your family will be safe and your property is carefully protected.
Preparing Yourself and Your Family
First things first, you want to be sure that you and your family are prepared for the risks that hurricane season impose. The safety of you and your loved ones should be a top priority. When a hurricane watch or warning is issued is not the time to begin your preparations – start before the season begins.
Here are a few things you can do to make sure you and your family are ready for hurricane season:
- Know evacuation routes.
- Gather all tools and supplies you may need, including non-perishable food items, plenty of fuel and water, and a complete first-aid kit.
- Be sure you have somewhere secure in your home to shelter in place from the storm if evacuation is not deemed necessary.
- Pay attention to local news sources for information on the weather and any impending danger to you and your family.
- Develop a communication plan and determine a place to meet, should you and your family become separated during the storm and lose phone and internet service.
- Invest in a generator to power the main part of your home and any life-saving medical equipment, if applicable.
How to Prepare Your Home
If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, you are familiar with the damage that can be caused to your home. And not just from the dangerous wind speeds, but the massive amount of water that is released during the storm. Inland flooding is a deadly hurricane threat responsible for more than half the deaths associated with tropical cyclones in the United States. Most homeowners are prepared with insurance policies to cover the resulting damage, but many times are not aware of preventative measures you can take to minimize the risk of said damage.
Here are a few things you can do to prepare your home and minimize the risk:
- Invest in storm shutters for your windows or protect them with plywood boards.
- Secure outside objects that may be picked up by the high-speed winds and thrown against your home.
- Purchase or rent a flood barrier and install it around your home to keep flooding waters from entering your property and home.
While there is no way to completely avoid hurricane season, learning how to prepare for hurricanes can literally save your life as well as your home or business. Contact us to learn more about preventative measures you can take to minimize your risks.
You are probably well aware of the dangers of the initial impact of a hurricane, tropical storm or tropical cyclone. You may not be as aware of the dangers of the “after shock” or what is commonly known as inland flooding.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), inland flooding has been responsible for more than half the deaths associated with tropical cyclones in the United States. For example, 1999 brought intense rains and record setting flooding in the Eastern part of the U.S. Fifty of the 56 people who perished in the storm died from inland flooding.
What is Inland Flooding
Inland flooding is severe flooding that occurs in conjunction with major tropical storms and hurricanes. It can extend as far inland from the coast as 100 miles. This hurricane flooding is the result of intense rainfall most often associated with weaker storms which travel slowly or stall over a specific area.
The National Weather Service refers to hurricane flooding as a deadly inland danger. It also has devastating financial impact. Hurricane Katrina produced flooding ranked as one of the most devastating in US history and the most financially shattering natural disaster, costing $81 billion. More than 1,800 people died in that storm, due largely in part to the flooding.
How to be Prepared
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted the 2016 Hurricane Season to be near normal, with at least a 70% expectation of 10-16 named storms, including up to four major hurricanes. The National Weather Service offers these 7 preparation tips:
- When a hurricane is expected, plan for hurricane flooding.
- Determine if you live in a flood zone before the hurricane strikes.
- If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
- Listen to the news for alerts about dangerous road conditions.
- Move to a safe area before it is cut off by flood water.
- Do not attempt to cross flowing water. As little as six inches can cause you to lose control of your car. Two feet of water will carry most cars away.
- Develop a flood emergency action plan with your community leaders.
Protecting Your Home
With more hurricanes expected than in recent years, it is more important than ever to be prepared and be protected. Protecting your home can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. That’s where Hydrological Solutions comes in.
Our Water Inflated Property Protector (WIPP®) provides the ultimate flood protection for both residential and commercial property. We can help ease the worry of protecting your home during natural disasters like hurricanes and associated infland flooding. Contact us now for more information about our flood damage prevention devices.
Have you seen this viral video floating around the internet? It is real-time footage of a road being washed away in a matter of seconds due to flash flooding here in Texas recently. The first week of June saw a state of emergency declared for the State of Texas because of all of the flooding.
If a flash flood can do that kind of damage to maintained public roads, think of how much worse the damage can be to your house. However, you can protect your home and your wallet by installing easy to use flood protection products from WIPP solution by Hydrological Solutions.
WIPP® System Barriers Spare Texas Home
Homeowners in Ft. Bend County were a little late bringing in our WIPP® System to combat the Texas floods recently. There was already high water surrounding their home. The beauty of the WIPP System is that it didn’t matter.
We installed water inflated property protector barriers around the home. The standing water was then pumped out away from the home. The barriers keep more water from coming back or getting into the house. Of course, ideally, we want to help you prepare for a flood before it comes.
Still, we know firsthand just how fast rain can go from a downpour to a flash flood. This home is surrounded by one of our temporary dams. It is 675 linear feet and stands 4’ and 6’ tall.
Fast Temporary Flood Protection Installation
Without the WIPP® System in place, that home would have easily been inundated with water resulting in enormous repair costs. Instead, we provided fast temporary flood protection installation thereby limiting the actual damage to their home.
This family only contacted us after the flooding had already begun. If nothing else, these recent massive floods should serve as a warning to get ready ahead of time. Let us install a flood barrier for you and you won’t have to worry about water entering your home or business.
Just because the rain has stopped doesn’t mean that the danger is over. Flooding can happen again before the standing water around your home has even receded, leading to even more damage. We can pump out the standing water and protect your home from any further flood damage.
Get the WIPP System from Hydrological Solutions
The WIPP® system is sturdy, weather resistant, and reusable flood protection that can save your property when the next wave of flood waters come.
Perhaps the worst is over, or the worst is yet to come. Don’t get caught off guard by the next Texas flash flood. Get prepared now. Contact us for more information on using the WIPP® System to protect your home from flood waters.
Mississippi River Flooding – Photo Credit: abcnews.go.com
Record rainfall has caused torrential downpour on regions around the Mississippi River in December, and will continue to fall throughout parts of January. The river and its tributaries were brought to record high levels resulting in deadly floods in some Missouri communities. This week is expected to bring more dangerous flooding in towns across Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi.
How do you prepare for the worst?
Hydrological Solutions is familiar with flooding because we are the water experts. We provide customers with peace of mind by using our innovative flood barrier–the Water Inflated Property Protector or WIPP®.
What’s a WIPP®?
It’s an inflatable and environmentally safe product made from polyester coated vinyl between two layers of flexible polyvinyl chloride. It’s placed around the premises of your home or business to guard incoming water. The unique use of fabrics allows them to be easily repaired, and used in wet or dry conditions. The barrier is reusable and compact, which makes it easy to be stored and transported. The special blend of materials also makes the WIPP® customizable in various sizes to fit your specific needs.
Why Should I use a WIPP® to Prevent Flooding?
It’s the best flood barrier on the market and is guaranteed to prevent excessive damage to your home. Some residents in Missouri communities along the Mississippi River have returned to a home left in shambles–or even worse, nothing at all. Don’t let these disasters ruin the place you live. The WIPP® is a preventative measure that can keep your valuables safe, and give you peace of mind during an already difficult time.
Contact Us To Safeguard Your Home or Business
Let the experts in water solutions provide you with the most effective and highest quality in flood prevention. Visit our website at https://www.hydrologicalsolutions.com/, or give us a call at 936-372-1222 or toll free at 800-245-0199. We look forward to helping you protect your home or business from flooding.