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Staying Safe After A Flash Flood or Severe Storm Flooding

Flash floods and unplanned storm flooding can be devastating, striking with little warning and causing significant damage to communities. Once the immediate danger has passed, it’s essential to prioritize safety and take careful steps to recover. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to stay safe after a flash flood.

  1. Ensure Personal Safety

Contact local authorities to inform of the flood (if applicable) such as FEMA Assistance for Texans | FEMA.govWear waterproof boots, gloves and masks to protect yourself from contaminants in floodwaters (sewage, chemical, debris, etc.).

Stay away from floodwaters, they can be contaminated or hide unstable grounds. 

  1. Inspect for Hazards

Structural Damage: Look out for visible structural damage. If you notice any signs of instability, do not enter your home.

Electrical Hazards: Avoid downed power lines and electrical equipment that may be wet. Assume all downed wires are “live” and dangerous.

Gas Leaks:
If you smell gas or head a hissing sound, evacuate immediately and call emergency services.

There are several disaster relief locations available (DRC Locator (fema.gov)) if your home has hazards.

  1. Document the Damage

Take Photos and Videos: Document the damage for property insurance claims.

Contact your Insurance Company: Notify them as soon as possible; provide them with the photos/videos and file a claim.

  1. Contact Professional Property Damage Specialists

Rapid Remediation is a one-stop-shop for all your property damage needs. We are licensed, insured, bonded, certified, etc. to handle all significant repairs to ensure the work meets safety standards.

Rapid Remediation helps with remediating water damage, preventing mold growth, tree removal, and rebuilding your home!

Recovering from a flash flood or significant flooding is a challenging process, but prioritizing safety and contact professionals can help you navigate the aftermath. Take precautions, seek assistance-and remember- your SAFETY and WELL-BEING are the most important aspects of the remediation, restoration and rebuild process!