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FEMA Urges Action Now to Prevent Problems from Spring Flooding

Release Date:
April 5, 2021

Before rivers rise from spring flooding, there are actions you can take to be sure water doesn’t cause problems in your home.

Rising temperatures and a warmer Gulf of Mexico could mean more moisture in the air and more weather systems like the one in Aug. 2016 that devastated parts of southern Louisiana causing millions of dollars in damage.

There are ways to protect the life you have built, and it is always a good time to prepare for disasters. Disaster preparedness decreases losses that happen over and over, financial hardship and death. FEMA hopes you will consider mitigation options after seeing what has worked for other people in their homes and communities.

What you need to know:

Mitigation reduces a property’s risk. It allows residents to return home more quickly, with less damage, after the next storm. While it may cost more to begin with, mitigation pays off in the long run. In fact, estimates are that on average for every dollar spent on mitigation, you save six from future losses.

Some actions that you can take before the next big storm include:

  • Elevate (move up higher) or flood-proof your washer, dryer, water heater and HVAC systems. If possible, move these appliances out of your basement to the second floor or attic.
  • Relocate electrical outlets to three feet above the floor.
  • Seal your basement walls with waterproofing compounds.
  • Elevate the exterior air conditioning compressor 2-3 feet.
  • Purchase flood insurance by calling your insurance company or local independent agent who can write flood insurance directly with the National Flood Insurance Program.

Resources:

For information on Louisiana mitigation planning visit: https://getagameplan.org/make-a-plan/mitigation-plan/

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Last updated April 5, 2021