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Handling Cleanup After A Large Storm Or Flood

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Written by thom

A natural disaster can impact the lives of millions in a concentrated area. Flooding has seemingly worsened over the decades with some storms leading to flooding levels over 10 feet. Areas that had never had a flood went underwater as the local drainage system simply could not handle it. Technology has been created to surround a home in the case of flooding to keep it secure regardless of the flood levels. The cleanup after your home or property has been damaged can be a nightmare. Looking at items and a home that you love being in ruins due to floodwaters is a hard pill to swallow. Getting back to normalcy is so important it will require a proactive approach to cleaning up. You don’t want remnants of a storm that changed your life for the worse. The following are tips to handle the cleanup after a large storm or flood.

Be Careful When Reentering Your Home

Going back into your home can be dangerous if the electricity is still functional. People should always turn off their electricity before they start to evacuate. The last thing you want is to reenter your damp home and injury yourself or a family member. Wait for the flooding to subside even though all you likely want to do is check on your home. 

Trees That Have Fallen

Trimming trees that are near your home is so important before the storm season. You don’t want a rogue branch to come through a window or an entire tree to land through the roof. Tree debris removal is something that you will want to look into. Moving large trees is not something you can handle on your own. For less severe storms, people tend to clear out their lawn in a day or two with minimal effort. 

Potential Home Damage

Damage to your home has to be put into perspective. The situation could have been much worse but as long as everyone is safe, a home can be rebuilt or repaired. Assessing this can be a nightmare and dealing with an insurance company is likely going to be another less than positive experience. The truth is that some insurance companies drag their heels when it comes to paying a claim. You do not want your home to sit in disrepair during this time as it could potentially have worsening damage like mold forming or rot occurring due to the dampness from the storm. 

Reaching Out To Other Community Members For Help 

If flooding has cost your family their home or items that they might need. The local community comes together after these events to help those that were impacted in the worst ways. This can include clothing or pro bono repairs to homes for those that simply cannot afford to do so. 

The cleanup after a large storm or flood will help you as well as the local community. Take the time to focus on this so a lingering reminder of the storm is not always present.

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