Illinois Flood Victims Return Home To Additional Problems
floods of 2011, many Illinois residents are returning home to discover the full
extent of the damage inflicted, such as ruined valuables, destroyed carpet, and
the most notorious of all water damage related problems, the growth of black
have been displaced for nearly a month, relying on local community shelters for
food and housing until the all clear is given for them to return to their
residences, or what may be left of them.
Some homes are
reporting water lines as high as seven feet, leaving behind massive destruction
of valuables, furniture, cars, sheds, and even long term damage to yards. The flooding has been in place long enough
that many homeowners are returning only to find their homes or businesses
overrun with black mold, which can present serious health issues as well as
compromising the structural integrity of the affected building.
Representative Brandon Phelps has sought Federal relief for the flood ravaged
areas. In order to qualify for such
help, there must be at least $16.5 million in damages; however Phelps is
confident that the final cost of the damage will far exceed that amount.
through this," Rep. Phelps said. "It's just working together and we
will. That's one of the reasons I'm here because I want these people to know
they're not forgotten."
There will also
be a planned fundraiser for flood victims on June 4 at the Williams County
Pavilion beginning at 5:30 PM. There
will be an auction, food, and music, with all proceeds going to the flood victims.
flooding in the Midwest is a vivid reminder that floods can occur anywhere, at
any time, and for a variety of reasons, so there is absolutely no reason that
one should not make adequate preparations for such an unpleasant eventuality.
cannot be wholly prevented, there are steps that property owners can take to at
least minimize the damage to their home or business.
check your homeowner’s insurance policy.
Many people make the mistake of believing that flooding is covered by
their insurance. It is not. You can obtain flood insurance for a nominal
fee; just make sure that your community participates in the National Flood
Insurance Program (NFIP) and then work with your insurance provider to make sure
your property is covered in the event of flood.
Then there are
those things that you can do around your property to minimize any possible
flood damage. For starters, consult
your local emergency management office to examine past flood history. Previous patterns may be able to tell you how
much water you can expect in the event of a flood.
Armed with that
information, you should look into elevating any valuables, electrical
appliances, power outlets, or electrical boxes to a place above any potential
flood waters. Of course all electrical
rewiring should be performed by a qualified electrician.
You should make
sure that all landscaping around your home slopes away from the structure for a
distance of no less than ten feet.
Ground can only absorb so much water, and once it is saturated, the
excess has to go somewhere, so you want to make sure that it is in the proper
direction, namely away from your home.
You can also
check your gutters and downspouts to make sure that they are free and clear of
any obstructions or clogs and properly channeling water out and away from your
And of course,
you should always retain the number and contact information for a local, IICRC
certified flood damage and water restoration professional. These companies should be available 24/7/365
and able to have a technician out to your home within the hour of your
call. They will have a full staff of
trained professionals, with state of the art equipment, and offer a full range
of services designed to repair and restore your property to its pre-loss condition. These services include water extraction,
drying, carpet cleaning, mold removal, and structural repair and restoration.
Don’t wait for
the weather to turn nasty or worse, for the waters to rise. Go ahead and secure your local IICRC water
damage professionals today.
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