Floods are a serious matter when it comes to your family and your home’s safety. It is one of the most dangerous natural disasters, killing more people each year than lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes altogether, according to the U.S. National Severe Storms Laboratory.
Storm surges are one of the main causes of floods, as they destroy everything in their path. The water level rises so high that it causes great property damage, coastal highway, and beach erosion, along with taking lives.
What Is a Storm Surge?
The powerful winds that occur during a hurricane, a winter storm or a tropical storm push the ocean water to the shore. When this happens, the seawater level rises above the predicted tide, overflowing on the shore with an immense force. According to NOAA, the storm surge is measured based on the height of water rising above the tide.
While you might think you are safe if you live away from the ocean, statistics say otherwise. A 23 feet storm surge can flood 67% of the interstates, 29 airports, and all ports in the Gulf Coast Area.
The water resulting from a storm surge puts a lot of pressure on the structure of your house. It creates a great deal of damage to the drywall, the foundation, and the support beams. Even if the structure is not severely affected, the infiltrated water creates the perfect environment for mold growth in just 24 hours. It is highly recommended to contact a storm damage services company to help you properly dry your property and get rid of the mold.
How to reduce storm damage
In case of a storm surge, you will be notified by the authorities to either evacuate or make sure you are safe where you are. In regards to your property, there are a few things you can do to prevent the flood damage as much as you can.
Before the flood:
- Protect outdoor equipment by placing them on higher ground
- Bring any outdoor furniture and other objects inside. If you cannot move them, secure them as best as you can.
- Place sandbags, floodgates and other flood protection materials close to your house.
- Place low-level items on higher level
- Shut off electricity in case there are any outlets under water to avoid an electrical shock
- Roll up rugs and lift up mattresses to reduce mold growth
- Place all electronics and appliances on higher level
After the flood:
- If you haven’t done so before the flood, turn off the electricity and unplug all
- Remove standing water as much as you can
- Contact your insurance company
- Contact a water damage restoration company to clean up and dry your property.
Storm Damage in New York
The last highly severe storm surge to hit New York was Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The strong wind and high volume of water damaged a big part of New York City, its suburbs, and Long Island. The subway system was flooded, as well as road tunnels entering Manhattan and about 70 people lost their lives. Thousands of houses, roads, and infrastructures were destroyed causing damage of $65 billion.
Since then, the city officials have been working on different plans to build barriers in New York Harbor and prevent such a catastrophe from hitting the city again.
Who to contact after a storm damage
iFlooded Restoration is specialized in handling any type of water damage, including natural disasters. With more than 30 years of experience in the restoration industry, our specialists use advanced equipment to properly dry our property. We know how devastating such an event is, which is why we take away the burden of handling your insurance. We bill the insurance company directly so you can focus on getting your life back to normal as quickly as possible.