Is Your Ft. Lauderdale Property Damaged by Storm Floods or King Tides?
Storm Floods or King Tides, SERVPRO Always Arrives
King tides are the highest predicted high tides of the year at a coastal location for example in the Rio Vista Isles and even the Las Olas Isles. But who would have predicted the floods caused by the downpours within the last couple of weeks in the South Florida Area?
While King Tides occur when the orbits and alignment of the Earth, moon and sun combine with seasonal variations to produce the greatest tidal effect of the year, the aggressive rains we experienced were just bands from nearby Hurricane Eta. Who knew we had to worry about both!?
During king tides, the South Florida area is vulnerable to flooding in low-lying areas due to its seven miles of beaches, over 200 miles of canal coastline, its flat topography and its shallow, porous aquifer. Its important to understand how your area is affected by flash flooding and King Tides as both can work together in a destructive combination.
Heavy Rains and Flooding in your Area
Upcoming dates for king tides in Broward County were expected to have been between November 14th to November 17th. While these are dates that it is more likely to occur, there are a variety of factors, especially in “Sunny South Florida” that can make matters worse on different days. Before your situation goes “flooded-Ft. Lauderdale-South” its important you both prepare and know how to handle the situation before it takes you out of your comfort zone.
What can be done?
There are a number of things you can do to be better prepared for the flooding that may occur during a king tide:
- Remove garbage bins from the street.
- Relocate electrical panel boxes, A/C units, water heaters and other appliances to elevated locations.
- Consider constructing a flood wall to stop flood water from entering your property.
- Report or fix any drainage problems around your property.
- Install check vales to prevent floodwater from backing up into drains.
When Flooding or King Tides occur:
- Be sure to follow any road closure or detour signs to avoid driving through flooded streets.
- Avoid walking through flood waters as it is a health hazard and can be dangerous.
- If you must drive through floodwater during a king tide, take it afterward to a car wash equipped with an undercarriage sprayer to remove saltwater from your vehicle.
- Rise off all your landscaping if is touched or covered by flood water.
The City of Fort Lauderdale will respond to flood inquires 24/7 if you call its 24-Hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000. And should flood water enter your home, SERVPRO will provide local emergency response 24/7 when you call 954-733-1006.
Additional information about king tides can be found on the City of Fort Lauderdale’s website here: http://ow.ly/bN2d50wT0vK
Local 10 News Covers the Story
Don’t just take our words for it. Local 10 News recently covered a story about the heavy rains and flooding within the past couple of weeks. Information from what type of insurance you should include to how quickly the onset of mold and bacterial growth can occur after a flood is covered in their segment. The Florida is especially affected by water damage and water losses that cause further property damage including damage to vehicles even. Many of these occurrences have to handled in a particular manner as to avoid further damage and mold buildup. Click the link below to read the article featuring our very own Typo SERVPRO to giving the facts about water damage:
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