While the Gulf Coast endures the wrath of hurricane season and wildfires consume lands in the west and northwest, winter storm preparedness may be the furthest thing from your mind. But snowmelt flooding can be just as devastating as the inland flooding brought on by the wrath of Harvey and Irma. And the time to prepare is NOW.
Inflatable bladder dams used for flood protection are in high demand following the recent devastation experienced by Texas, Florida and other regions in the Gulf Coast. At Hydrological Solutions, we are receiving dozens of calls and emails daily with the request to ship our WIPP® system ASAP in anticipation of other hurricanes or tropical storms that may develop over the season. We are working quickly to fill these orders but as a gentle reminder … as much as we would like to, we cannot ship during a major storm! That is why now is the perfect time to think about preparing for the upcoming winter storm season.
The Dangers of Snowmelt Flooding
Movies tend to depict the beauty of snow. Blankets of pure white snow falling on the ground. Kids (and adults!) run outside with huge grins on their face ready to make snow angels, snowmen or participate in winter sports such as sledding and skiing. Couples meeting under the mistletoe with snow falling in their hair… you get the picture.
If you live in an area prone to snow, you know that this is a very small portion of the reality of snowstorms. As the weather gets warmer, these massive amounts of snow begin to melt and the water has to go somewhere! Snow can be dirty and downright dangerous. Snowmelt flooding can quickly submerge your home or business. Winter storm preparedness should begin now to help you keep these investments secure.
Winter Storm Preparedness with WIPP®
As we enter the fall season, soon to be followed by winter, we urge you to think about winter storm preparedness and all that entails. Consider adding the WIPP® to help keep snowmelt flood waters from consuming your property. The WIPP® provides maximum flood protection for residential and commercial properties, reducing the actual damage that can occur during snowmelt flooding.
At Hydrological Solutions, we are pleased to be able to help you protect your properties with our patented Water Inflated Property Protector. Contact Us Now to find out the best time to get your order in to be sure you are prepared for the upcoming winter storm season.
According to this morning’s report from USA Today, Punxsutawney Phil made his famous weather prediction this Groundhog Day when he emerged from his burrow to see his shadow. Will we have six more weeks of winter? Well, only time will tell – as poor “Phil” doesn’t always have the best track record for being correct. Either way, if you live in areas prone to snow – you will want to be prepared for snowmelt season, whether it comes early or after six more weeks!
Is Groundhog Day too Late to Prepare for Snowmelt Season?
You may be wondering, “Is it too late to prepare for snowmelt season?” While we are well into winter, snowmelt season is actually the period of time AFTER the winter season when the snow begins to melt. If you live in a snow prone area, you know that all that water has to go somewhere! The more snow there is, the more water and this means … flooding!
Flood Protection After Winter
Whether or not Punxsutawney Phil is right about winter this Groundhog Day, make sure you are prepared now or six weeks from now. The risk of damage to your home or business caused by high flood waters can be reduced more easily than you may think. Most people know that those in flood prone areas should carry flood insurance, but insurance only serves to restore or replace – not prevent damage. In addition to a good flood insurance policy, consider using a flood barrier to keep as much water as possible from entering your property. These barriers can be leased or purchased and can greatly reduce the risk or minimize the damage to your valuable property.
Whether or not we see a longer winter, many states have already sustained a measurable amount of snow this year. Sooner or later the snow will begin to melt and you want to make sure you are as prepared as possible. Contact us to learn more about how a flood barrier can save you a lot of stress, time, and money during snowmelt season this year.
If you are a football fan, it’s likely you’ve seen the snow coming down in sheets as you watch your favorite team battle it out on the turf of their northern rival on tv. Or maybe you’ve vacationed up north recently. You have a jolly good time playing in the snow and then reluctantly leave lovely snow angels behind, returning home to the gloom of a cold rainy day. It’s easy to wish that it would snow in your state more or that more snow would fall when it finally does get cold enough to freeze. But snow is not all fun and games – these snowstorms can be quite messy – especially during snowmelt season.
Snowmelt season is exactly what it sounds like – the period of time when snow begins to melt. And the water has to go somewhere! Often this leads to flooding in our streets, homes, and places of business. Just like with inland flooding, melting snow can be a disaster, causing major damage to your property.
So Who Should Prepare for Snowmelt Season?
- People who own a home.
- People who own or operate a business.
- People who own a vehicle.
Residential Property Owners
If you are a homeowner in an area where snow is common, you’ll want to protect your investment as well as the cherished memories you have within the walls of your home.
Commercial Property Owners
Whether you are the business owner or manager in areas prone to snow, your Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Plan should address the risk of snowmelt flooding to your commercial property.
Finally, if you own a vehicle you will want to be sure that it is safe and protected from the rising waters produced by snowmelt flooding.
When to Prepare for Snowmelt Season
Although snowmelt season doesn’t officially begin until spring, you should definitely prepare for snowmelt flooding in advance. When you think of mitigating your risk for damages due to a flood, the first thing you might think to do is purchase flood insurance. While flood insurance is great to have, it does not prevent your property from becoming flooded from high waters. Insurance simply serves as a way to replace or repair what you’ve lost. If you truly value your property and belongings, you will want a way to prevent the water from causing damage in the first place. That is where the Water Inflated Property Protector (WIPP® System) comes into play. The WIPP® reduces or minimizes the damage actually caused to your property while maximizing protection during floods and works well for both commercial and residential properties. It can even protect your vehicle if you move it into the area inside the barrier.
The time to prepare for snowmelt season is now. The coldest parts of the winter months are upon us, followed by the warmer, sunnier months of spring. The water will rise – will you be prepared? Contact us today to learn more about the WIPP® and how it can provide the best protection for your home, business, and vehicles.
The Insider’s Guide to Snowmelt Flooding Protection