Storm surge is a common byproduct of strong tropical storms or hurricanes, consisting of elevated water levels and large waves generated by wind and atmospheric changes. Storm surge may cause severe flooding in coastal areas leaving behind serious cases of water damage to residential and commercial facilities.
Storm surges are the result of wind and pressure pushing water towards the shore, and yet they are not the same as tsunamis, which are strong waves generated by earthquakes or landslides. The result however, can be the same when it comes to loss of life or damage to property, as the effects of a storm surge may be felt several miles inland.
Unlike tsunamis or rogue waves, storm surge alerts are usually able to be generated well in advance of the event, based on current and predicted weather conditions over a given area. Storm surge alerts should always be heeded and evacuation plans put in place to get out of the way of rising coastal water levels.
Properties may not be fully protected against storm surge, but you can take steps to minimize the water damage that may result. Many property owners make use of sandbags to prevent water from getting into their home. Utilities should also be shut off at the source in the event of damage to the home.
Once a storm surge warning has been issued, make plans to leave immediately. Make sure you have a go bag prepared and stocked with items you may need for an extended stay away from home, as well as a radio, important documents, money, and medications. Be sure the basement windows are tightly closed. Have your car’s gas tank filled up in advance. Running out of gas is a bad idea when trying to stay ahead of the water.
If caught during a storm surge, move to the highest level in your home and stay away from windows that may break as the result of high winds. If you are late evacuating, be sure to listen to local radio to make sure all evacuation routes are still functional, and do not make any attempt to drive through floodwater.
Lastly, secure the contact information for your local water damage restoration professionals. Drymeout.com serves the entire Florida West Coast with top flight water damage repair and restoration services. We are available 24/7 and able to have a team out to your home within the hour. They can properly assess your level of damage and begin the restoration process.