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Spring Is Almost Here. Are you Ready for Floods?

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While many of us are happily anticipating the arrival of spring, it is also important to be aware of the possibility of flooding. Flooding is one hazard that can occur anywhere and is the most common one across the country.

Heavy rains and melting snow saturate the ground until the water just can’t be absorbed anymore. Rivers, lakes and creeks are filled to overflowing, and the result is areas getting flooded. Sometimes flooding is minor, but often the results are devastating. Loss of life and property, sadly, are common.

There are a few things you can do to prepare for this type of disaster. Elevating the furnace and water heater may protect them from getting wet in a flood. Check valves can prevent floodwater from backing up into your home plumbing. Basement walls should be sealed with waterproofing materials.

If you know you live in a flood prone area, consider building barriers to keep floodwater out of your home. While this may not always be possible, if you are able to do it, it may help save your property from extensive damage.

Flood insurance is also a smart investment. Check out FloodSmart.gov to see how affordable it really is, as well as learning how much a flood could actually cost you with the Cost of Flooding tool.

Of course, as when you prepare for any type of disaster, you should have an emergency survival kit and a family emergency plan so everyone knows what to do when disaster strikes. The more prepared you are, the less you need to worry about the safety of your family.

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