Look Out Bud, Here Comes a Flash Flood
Last month a flash flood warning was in effect for much of the metro Southwest Houston area. Two to four inches of rain was expected, and it came quickly in a short time span. The storm toppled trees and resulted in power outages in some places. Let’s take a look at some tips and information on what you should do when a flash flood warning is issued.
What Is the Difference Between a Flash Flood Watch and a Flash Flood Warning?
The difference between a flash flood watch and a flash flood warning is an important one, and many people aren’t aware of the distinction. Both are issued by the National Weather Service. A flash flood watch means that conditions are generally favorable for a flash flood. A flash flood warning is more serious and denotes that a flash flood is either already happening or is about to happen. Floods can lead to serious water damage so it is important to take any weather advisory or warning issued by the National Weather Service seriously.
What Should You Do When a Flash Flood Warning is Issued?
Should a flash flood warning be issued in your area, stay safe by moving to higher ground if possible. You can also move valuable possessions to higher levels in your home, but always remember that things are replaceable and people are not! A sump pump can start pumping water out of your basement automatically if water does make its way inside. Power outages are common in severe storms like the one in Southwest Houston a few weeks ago. You may want to consider having a backup, battery operated sump pump on hand for emergencies so you still have a solid line of defense to matter what happens. If you get your warning early enough and it is safe to do so, a great thing to do is to place a barrier of sandbags around your property. At the very least place sandbags along areas where the land slopes downward towards your foundation. This is a classic, tried and true strategy that is extremely effective in keeping floodwaters at bay.
Will Flooding Lead to Water Damage?
Unfortunately if water does make its way into your home there is generally going to be some damage done, but don’t panic. Get a solid water damage restoration crew to assess the situation and make repairs. In Southwest Houston’s high humidity there’s also a risk of mold spores developing. Many varieties of mold are toxic and pose serious health risks to everyone in the building. Coughing and sneezing are just the tip of the iceberg – symptoms can get progressively worse from there. A good restoration company can also provide safe mold remediation services, which are often needed in conjunction with flood cleanup in this region. Don’t take a chance when it comes to your health and try to handle mold yourself. Direct contact can cause serious illness and it’s a job best left to an equipped professional.
Play is safe when it comes to flash flood warnings. Take them seriously at all times and be prepared so can protect yourself and your property.