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Make sure you’re protected from the spring thaw

Posted by Scott Stueber on Apr 22, 2014 2:04:00 PM

On the news recently, you may have seen rivers overflowing their banks or cars stuck in theneighborhood flooded
middle of a flooded road. This is a sure sign spring is here and warmer temperatures are on the way.

At this time of year, flooding is a common phenomenon that can happen without warning. Weather patterns can quickly bring several inches of rain, causing flooding. The reason for localized flooding is that the ground hasn’t completely thawed, so instead of the water soaking into the ground, it runs off into the streets and local rivers and lakes. On average, flooding causes $8.3 billion in damages in the U.S.

A blog I wrote titled, “Does my insurance protect my home and auto from a flood?” outlines what an insurance policy will and will not cover if your home or car is damaged in a flood. It also shares a link that provides more information on The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). If you live in an area that floods occasionally or has the potential to flood, I recommend checking into flood insurance. Unfortunately, Mother Nature is unpredictable and can bring devastation to you and your family.

The Weather Channel has written an informative article called, “Preventing Water Damage.” The article talks about: 

  1. Common places where water can enter your house, which includes your windows, doors, roof, ‎foundation, etc;‎
  2. How to prevent water damage through proper home maintenance; and
  3. Steps to take if water damage occurs to your home. I’ve personally experienced a water loss due to a water main break. How quickly you respond makes a big difference between keeping your personal belongings and losing them.

To protect your family against severe weather, consider buying a weather radio or if you have a smartphone visit your app store. Lastly, you can also sign up for weather alerts through The Weather Channel’s website.

Do you have any tips you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them; please share them in the box below.

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Topics: Auto Insurance, Home Insurance, Weather

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