South Florida's Flooding
Florida’s hurricane season is one of the largest causes of flooding in South Florida, but if you are a Florida resident, you surely know that it doesn’t have to be hurricane season for your streets to be flooded.
As a peninsula, average thunderstorms can bring lots of rain and downpour leading to flooding in local communities like Hollywood, Pembroke Pines and Miramar. Some other areas like Weston and Delray have better suited streets that handle the flooding well. But no matter where you live in “Sunny” South Florida, you’ve had your fair share of driving through and having your home surrounded by rising waters.
Here are some general tips about the do’s and don’ts when dealing with flood situations wherever you are.
After the Flood:
- Gather your items, whether it be in your car or your home, get your items off the floor and to higher areas within home or vehicle. If that isn’t possible, get them out to somewhere safe and dry.
- Try to get out excess water in the area, whether it be on your floors or on your upholstery, try drying the area with a mop or with a towel to blot the wet spots or areas.
- If it is within your home, place something that is water resistant between the item and the floor. Aluminum or wood works well in this situation, especially for furniture.
- Turn on fans and the air conditioner (if they are unaffected by the water or moisture) to get the air flowing.
Do not do:
- Don’t leave your belongings to soak in the flood water. Flood water can be contaminated or dangerous. Materials like leather or paper will definitely become damaged beyond repair if left alone in the moisture.
- Books, papers, documents and anything cardboard will definitely rot if left soaking in water.
- Do not use standard home appliances if wet and don’t try to use a regular vacuum cleaner to pick up anything. Leave this to the professionals.
- Don’t turn on anything that could shake your environment. When flooding occurs, many aspects of your home may be structurally unsafe, so leave pieces of your home like your ceiling fan, OFF!
- If you feel your home or vehicle is unsafe because of the flood damage, do not stay there.
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