Record Rainfall & Flooding Safety Tips

Record Rainfall & Flooding Safety Tips

Yesterday we saw record rainfalls in the tri-state area with 10.87″ in Lido Beach, 7.79″ at JFK Airport and 5.79″ in Central Park which led to major flooding, transit delays and power outages.

Heavy rains of up to an inch per hour are expected again today and the National Weather service has issued flash flooding advisories for much of our region including portions of southern Connecticut, northeast New Jersey and southeast New York including New York City and Long Island.

While you know to call Maxons to help you if you experience water damage in your home or business, we also want to make sure you don’t get into trouble on the roads. Below are a few tips on how to safely get where you’re going in these rainy conditions.

Safe Driving Tips

  •  In bad weather, consider whether every journey is necessary; the best way to stay safe in bad weather is to stay off the roads and use alternative means of travel such as walking, bus, or train.
  • Check both local and national forecasts and traffic news.
  • Consider your route. Bear in mind that some types of road are particularly dangerous in certain conditions. For example, some roads are more susceptible to flooding and strong side winds than others.
  • Check your tires. The tread depth should be at least 1.6 mm across 75% of the width of the tire for its entire circumference with visible tread on the rest and preferably more to be safe in wet or icy conditions. Tires should be inflated to the pressure recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Check lights and wipers to ensure they are working fully.
  • Clean windscreens, windows and mirrors.
  • Plan your journey – try to stick to major routes, give yourself plenty of time and allow for possible hold-ups.
  •  Check your emergency kit – ensure your vehicle is properly stocked. It should contain an ice-scraper and deicer, cloths, warning triangle, torch, blanket and warm clothes, food and drink, a first-aid kit and a map.

Keep These Facts In Mind

  •  Flash floods can come quickly and unexpectedly.  Be cautious during storm seasons, or any time that flooding is common in your area. You may not have warning that a flash flood is approaching.
  •  Do not drive unless absolutely necessary.
  •  Do not drive through flooded areas. If you see a flooded-out road ahead, turn around. Find another route to your destination.
  •  If there is no other route, get to higher ground and wait for the waters to subside.
  •  Even if the water appears shallow enough to cross, don’t try it. Water hides dips in the road. Worse yet, there may be no road at all under the water. Flooding can scour away the entire road surface and a significant amount of ground beneath.
  • If your car stalls, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.
  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control or possible stalling.

For information about preventing water damage to your property click here.

Stay safe and dry,

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