Spring officially sprung this week bringing with it warmer weather, budding flowers and trees, lots of pollen and the threat of afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms.  While we hope everyone is enjoying the longer days, PHC wants to remind everyone to keep an eye out for the spring rains that could bring flash floods or water damage to Raleigh and other areas of the triangle.  Flash floods can occur when there are drought-like conditions or by intense rainfall causing low-lying areas to flood in less than 6 hours.

According to FEMA, everyone is at risk for spring flooding, but did you know that regular homeowner insurance policies do not cover flood damage.  You need to have a separate flood policy to cover the water damage that results from flooding.  Check to see if your home or business is located in a flood zone and if so, check with your insurance company about obtaining a flood policy.  Flood insurance is affordable, we want you to be safe and protected if you are at risk.

FEMA also lists the following procedures for you to follow after a flood:

  • check for damage (structural, or damage to water, gas, electrical and sewer lines)
  • remove wet contents immediately–mold can develop withing 24-48 hours
  • clean and disinfect everything touched by floodwaters