Our usually spot-on National Weather forecasts is calling for a stormy week ahead in Westchester County and Scarsdale, NY and the 10583 zip area. During some heavy downpours this weekend, I had flashbacks to flooding storms, during last summer's Hurricane Irene and her Tropical Storm Lee "chaser." It was that intense!
Driving rains during the first three days of the week, for the past MONTH, have made most of our parkways and roads an adventure to drive, even in my all wheel drive Subaru. It’s especially lovely when folks with grey and black cars and SUVs overdrive conditions without their HEADLIGHTS on in blinding rain. Really, you want us to run in to you with no running lights??!
To add to our fun, thunderstorms brought some lightening, and we responded to help clean a Westchester County home that suffered a lightening strike and minor fire. Luckily, it did not result in a damaging fire. The family was home for the day and all were safe, but emergency teams responded to their potential house fire as a precaution, and insurance called us in the help them evaluate…we work directly with the top 10 insurance companies.
A neighbor on the same street was mopping her bathroom after yoga and luckily she was not standing on the wet tile, but on her less conductive hardwood floor. When the lightening struck, her bathroom lit up in a vivid blue arc. She was amazed when her bathroom turned an electric blue, but she was safe!
Late May jump-started our summer storm season, giving Scarsdale's finest a run "for their engines." Local firefighters were on hand for downed tree limbs and power lines in the lower Hud, as branches fell and linemen tried to keep power working. Be sure to avoid and streets or sidewalks, if power lines or trees are down, especially if there is any water near and around the lines.
Photo - Jay Wilson, our “fav Scarsdale photographer & reporter!”
Flood warning advisories have already been issued for Westchester County towns, and the hurricane season didn’t even start until June 1st. That's just a start, with our three day pattern of rainy weekdays for the fourth straight week, we may have nowhere for the rain to go.
For the past month, we seem to be on a roll here for three days of pesky weekday rain, sunny weekends and then we start over. Not many water damaged properties, yet, on our front, but we’ve had calls about what to do for basement flooding in Scarsdale.
So, your hints from Hillary this week?:
- Avoid driving in areas where heavy rain is pooling on roadways, especially on our tight, twisting Westchester County parkways. You can hydroplane or slide across the water and lose control, with little room for error on the Bronx River or Hutch Parkways near Scarsdale. It's better to take a high road, back roads and even slower streets and be safe. Even if there is only a apparent inch or so visible on a road, it's not worth your life.
- Do not drive into water covered streets or roads with an unknown amount of flood water on the surface in Scarsdale 10583 area, and along the local parkways and low level roads. The water may be deeper than you think, and moving faster, too. Only two inches of flood water with any current could pull an SUV into the muck.
If your home or business has flooding or water damage from heavy rains, you can:
· Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
· Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
· Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
· Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
· Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer, or the heat on high on cool nights.
· Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
· Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
· Gather loose items from floors and lay them out to dry on a water safe, or non-porous surface.
Water damage into your home or business can result in mold growth, or that "icky" mildew odor that means its growing. Water can invade your home due to storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long standing leaks and/or poor humidity control. When these water issues are not addressed right away, the damage can be an increased risk of harmful mold growth. (See my next blog on Mold, now that our humid summer months are underway.)
So, call a pro to test for moisture and perhaps do a "structural drying," to pull water out of walls, flooring and even carpeting. If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it's vital to removed excess water and dry the structure promptly and completely.
Last, with our water table up and river levels higher, after a few weeks of three day rains, keep an eye out for flooded basements and garages. Check your dry wells, storm drains in and outside your house and make sure they are clear of debris and are handling the water flow. If not, you can call your town or local Department of Public Works folks and ask them for advice, or to come and take a look at your street.
By next weekend, we should have storm free afternoons and enjoy sunny days, Friday through Sunday. It's a good thing, so that we can dry out at last from days of stormy weather. Last tip from Hill at Servpro of Scarsdale/Mount Vernon, wear sunscreen...and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts
Vice President / Co-Owner,
Servpro of Scarsdale /Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon, NY 10550
Flood, fire, mold remediation