Heavy rains this weekend will have potential of causing flooding in our area on Saturday. Here is information as reported from Channel 3 meteorologist Scot Haney on the upcoming storm.
The storm will also bring a lot of rain. We’ll have periods of rain and drizzle Saturday. However, the heaviest rain will hold off until late Saturday and Saturday night. Some of our computer guidance models are forecast 1.0″ to 1.5″ of rain with locally higher amounts. The combination of heavy rain, frozen ground, and ice on the state’s streams and rivers could set us up for some flooding. Flooding will be possible in poor drainage areas and in basements. Plus, river flooding is possible where ice jams occur.
The cold front will be progressive and the rain will come to an end before dawn Sunday. Sunday will without a doubt be the better of the 2 weekend days. We can expect mostly sunny skies and a gusty northwesterly wind. Here’s some more good news: the air moving in behind the front won’t be all that cold! Therefore, we expect highs in the mid to upper 40s Sunday!
Here are some tips to help you prepare for potential flooding from our partners Travelers Insurance.
- Know your flood zone risk. Evaluate your flood risk.
- Inspect sump pumps and drains regularly to ensure proper operation.
- Keep sandbags on hand to help divert unusually high water away from your foundation.
- In snowy climates, flag drains to avoid plowing snow on top of them.
- Learn the flood alert signals of your community.
- Collect emergency building materials if you live in a frequently flooded area. These include plywood, plastic sheeting, lumber, nails, shovels and sandbags.
- Plan and practice an evacuation route. Designate a place for family members to meet in the event they become separated.
- Review with all family members how to shut off utilities in an emergency.
- Remove standing water as quickly as possible, including from your basement. If your basement is flooded, pump out about 1/3 of the water per day to avoid structural damage.
Remember to promptly report any loss caused by flooding to your Insurance Agent. Penny Hanley & Howley Insurance is always here to assist you with all your claims.
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