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Each year Mother Nature shows her face in many ways. One of the most damaging is flooding. Although no one can control how she strikes, there are important things to consider to mitigate flooding, which can lead to water damage on your property.
River breakup often occurs in places where there are major rivers close to the town, such as Fort McMurray and other Northern Alberta and BC cities. River breakup begins when the ice melts, causing water levels to rise and flow rapidly. It also occurs when ice begins to break and separate into giant chunks that can move down the river, potentially causing damage to structures. If you live in a place or have moved to a location where there are large rivers, learn more about river breakup by contacting a local flood damage restoration company.
When natural disasters such as flooding happen, it's never easy. Understanding the difference between mitigation and preparedness can assist you during these times and help avoid total property restoration.
Preparedness is an action done before a crisis, such as developing a plan for crisis response. For example, part of being prepared for a flood might be knowing a flood damage cleanup company so you can get them in as soon as possible should flooding happen. Mitigation is done ahead of time in anticipation of a disaster to minimize the potential damage resulting from a crisis.
The first step to help be prepared is to develop a plan. When preparing for a disaster, here are some tips: Sign up for emergency alerts, review your insurance policy to ensure you have coverage for flood and sewer damage, and document the structure of your home and your belongings. Have a plan on where you can go if you need to evacuate.
It's best to take some mitigation steps to avoid destruction from a flood in anticipation. Having sandbags around your home is a great way to create a barrier, so water can't easily flow toward your house. Making sure your basement windows and ground-level doors have weather protection sealant is another great step to take.