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Flooding hits Ventura Pier

Residents of Ventura were saddened to discover that the high surf and rough waves of the last few hours have damaged Ventura Pier, leading it to be closed completely as the waves continued to pound against it – and some are even calling it the ‘largest surf event of the season’.

Unprecedented levels of waves have caused damage to the pier, to the extent that there are now fears that the structure itself may be compromised. Police officers were required to ensure that everyone evacuated the pier when it was realised that it may no longer be as safe as usual, and it was then closed to the public at around seven o’clock in the morning. Aerial views have shown that although the pier has definitely lost some of the wooden posts within its structure, it is still standing.

No one is expecting the pier to be opened while it is in this delicate condition, especially as the waves and the surf are remaining very high. In fact, the ocean has continued to batter nearby homes to the pier that are within reach now of the strong waves, and some of the surf heights that are being recorded are being described as up to fifteen feet high by locals of the area. Everyone is being warned to stay away from the sea, especially as the current state increases the likelihood of rip currents and sneaker waves, both very dangerous phenomena. Those who are inexperienced swimmers have also been advised to stay out of the water.

Experts believe that by Saturday, the surf will decrease to normal levels, but until that time is realised, all residents of Ventura can do is wait and see what sort of state their Pier will be in when it is all over.

Flooding in Missouri may not be natural disaster

The flooding in Missouri has reached levels rarely ever seen before in the area, but scientists and other experts are starting to make statements that suggest that the excess water in the area is not due to natural causes, but in fact the opposite: that it could all be down to the choices and decisions that we as humans are making.

Robert Criss, PhD, is a professor of Earth and Planetary sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, and he has dedicated a huge amount of time into understanding exactly how we as a species have affected the natural weather patterns around us. He has also stated that “People want to blame the rain, but this is mostly us”, describing the Missouri flooding as ‘a manmade disaster’.

The Meramec and Mississippi rivers are the ones that have flooded giving the most damage to the surrounding areas, especially in late December – and experts have said that the three days of continuous rain that preceded it was not the actual source of the flooding. The Washington University has in fact released their own statement, arguing that the flooding is a direct consequence of the development projects that have sprung up all along the Meramec and its other tributaries, which have pushed the water levels up unnaturally. Their studies have shown them that the riparian borders around the rivers were completely destroyed by the developments, preventing any further rain from being absorbed by the rivers.

Things only got worse when Storm Goliath arrived at the end of December 2015, dropped up to ten inches of rain across the local area, and this was what, at first, seemed to create the flooding issues – but further analysis has proven that the rain in fact only increased the watershed by five percent. It was easy for most people to watch the storm come in, and then immediately blame the flooding that followed it on that storm, but the experts have revealed that the reality is a lot more complex than that.

“I think there was significant magnification of the flood levels on the Meramec by recent developments near the river,” Professor Robert Criss said. “Sure it rained a lot, but what happened here cannot be explained by the rainfall alone.” Visiting scholar Mingming Luo of the China University of Geosciences in Wuhan, China, has been watching the water levels for a while to better understand the way that the natural water systems and being affected by human interactions, and has been considering the last few months in the region as though it were a large experiment.

The developments along the Meramec river that Professor Robert Criss has been examining include a three mile long levee that has been created literally parallel and alongside the river itself, filling up the floodplain that was naturally alongside the river which provided a natural release when the river become too flooded. The development has greatly interfered with the natural way that the river tried to relieve any pressure that it was put under, which now means that it only takes a small amount of water for there to be catastrophic effects.

It’s easy, in a way, for people to try to blame the natural weather systems that encounter our local areas, because it then takes away any of the pressure that could be put on us to change as a species. After all, it is only through the developments and the changes in our natural environments that we enact and force on the world around us that we start to realise just how much damage we can create, almost without realising it.

“The heavy rainfall was probably related to El Niño, and possibly intensified by global warming. But new records were set only in areas that have undergone intense development, which is known to magnify floods and shorten their timescales,” continued Professor Robert Criss. His understanding of exactly what happened has started to change the way that we understand developing the local area for progress, when in actuality it can reduce our ability to progress because we will then be in danger of flooding and other natural disasters.

One terrible and catastrophic example of this was the New Year’s flood which followed that large storm that arrived at the end of December 2015. Over seven thousand buildings in the St. Louis area were damaged, requiring repair, forcing people out of their homes, and forcing businesses to close down for repairs. Not one but two interstate highways were closed for almost a week, preventing essential travel that was required in order to repair much of the damage that the local community had suffered. Valley Park and everyone who lived within and around it were forced to be evacuated them, leaving them homeless at just the sort of time when you want to feel safe and secure – and perhaps most dangerous of all, not one but two Metropolitan Sewer District plants were so flooded that they were forced to dump the sewage straight into the water.

More than twenty people lost their lives during this time of flooding and natural disaster, and it created several hundred million dollars worth of repairs. The debris that it left has been estimated at millions of tons, and will require a huge cleanup process in order to return the local area back to normal – and it all can be followed back to a simple development beside a river.

By |February 24th, 2016|Flood, News, Water Damage|0 Comments

4 Signs of Mold in an Investment Property

Property Owner Wearing a Mold MaskMold can cause serious damage that can significantly decrease the value of your investment property. Professional mold inspectors can find mold, determine the extent of said mold, identify the strain, and test air quality… however, professional mold testing isn’t always practical, especially when it comes to prospective investments or rental properties with tenants. Fortunately, there are a few signs you can look for to determine whether you may have a problem.

Musty smell in any part of the building

Mold has a distinctly musty odor. If you notice such a smell anywhere in the building, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have mold, but you could. Even if there is none present, a musty smell could also mean a moisture problem that needs to be remedied before the mold actually starts to grow. If there are no immediately visible signs of mold, check under carpeting, behind drywall, around windows, and above ceiling tiles. Don’t forget the basement, as it is typically the dampest area of a building, and the attic, as a leaky roof could create a perfect environment for mold growth. If you still can’t find the source, check the heating and cooling systems. HVAC systems can have condensation and may be dusty, a perfect environment for mold to grow. If you don’t see mold, you may want to consider collecting a sample of the dust and sending it for testing.

Visible discoloration on surfaces that may be exposed to moisture

Mold loves damp, porous surfaces, especially those in dark, forgotten spaces.Wood, fabric, paper, and dust are all excellent food sources for mold. Look at drywall, carpets, carpet padding, ceiling tiles, and other porous materials that may be exposed to moisture. Look under kitchen and bathroom sinks, under and around refrigerators, around air conditioners, and don’t forget basement, crawl spaces, attics, and closets. Be sure to check rooms that may not be used often and may have had the air vents closed off, lead to restricted airflow.

Tenants with allergy symptoms

If the building is occupied and tenants mention experiencing upper respiratory infection, allergy or asthma symptoms, or sinus trouble, especially if symptoms are better when away from the building, there is a good chance the building has mold.

Water damage or plumbing issues

Mold is common after water damage, flood damage, and plumbing issues. Water from leaks, damage, or other sources can find its way to hidden areas under flooring and inside walls, allowing mold to grow unseen. Water damage doesn’t automatically mean mold, but should be a red flag warranting further investigation.If you see signs of water damage, such as a line of discoloration on an exterior wall, or water marks on ceiling tiles, you may want to take a closer look for other signs of mold.

If you suspect that your San Diego investment property may be sustaining damage from mold, call us at (619) 376-6838 for a free evaluation.

By |February 23rd, 2016|Flood, Mold|0 Comments

Understanding El Niño

Satellite photo of el niñoEl Nino tends to get the blame for many catastrophic hurricanes like Patricia, severe blizzards, and other major storms. But it also influences weather on a smaller, more day to day, scale as well.

A stronger than usual El Nino could extend certain weather patterns. NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is predicting a 95% chance that the current system will last through the 2015-2016 winter and gradually taper off through the following spring.

El Nino, and its counterpart La Nina, are weather patterns found in the Equatorial Pacific. El Nino systems are characterized by warmer than usual water temperatures in this area, while La Nina systems are characterized by cooler than usual water temperatures in the area. El Nino frequently gets both credit and blame for causing heavy rainfall and destructive flooding in the southern United States and oppressive drought in the West Pacific.

Insurance agents in many areas are taking advantage of El Nino and talking with clients and prospects about insurance coverage for their property, but El Nino isn’t the only time agents and brokers should have these conversations. As we get into the coldest part of winter, agents need to talk with their clients about inspecting roofs and cleaning out gutters before spring rains begin.

According to Jim Gustin, Travelers Insurance Risk Control Department’s property technical director sees the current predictions of El Nino lasting until spring as providing an excellent opportunity for agents to encourage clients to ensure they are prepared for potentially heavy rains and to ensure they have sufficient coverage in place. If you aren’t sure whether you are covered in the event of water damage from flooding, you should call your insurance agent and find out.

Evaluating Flood Risk

You may also want to ask your agent to review your deductibles and coverage, especially if you live near a body of water or in a low lying area. Standard homeowners insurance typically does not cover damage from floods, so you’ll likely need to purchase flood insurance, if you haven’t already. You’ll also need to know how much coverage you have for the contents of your home under your flood policy.

One of the most important factors in emergency planning for any property is evaluating flood risk. Once you know what your flood risk is, then you can go about determining what you have to do to mitigate that risk as much as possible. Ask yourself:

  • Will your sump pump keep running if you lose power?
  • Do you have an emergency generator to power your sump pump to protect your property in the event of a power outage?
  • Are there back pump preventers on sewer drains in your area to prevent debris from flowing back into your building?

Some parts of the country could see winter delayed, thanks to El Nino, but could also find the cold weather lasting longer. It’s not just property damage you need to be concerned about. In Northeast and mid-Atlantic areas, sleet, freezing rain, and heavy snow are normal. Shoveling snow may be part of your winter routine, but how much thought do you give to removing ice from your driveway and the sidewalk in front of your house? If someone falls, you could be liable for their injuries, especially if your town has an ordinance requiring you to keep sidewalks near your property clear of hazards. It’s always a good idea to remove ice from your driveways and sidewalks, even if you aren’t required to.

When you lease property, maintaining the property is typically the responsibility of the owner, but you should still be careful to keep sidewalks, parking lots, and other walking areas safe. You should also be alert to any signs of deterioration due to rain, flooding, ice, snow, or normal wear, so any repairs can be made before weather turns bad.

Inspect Your Roof

If there are any trees near your house, you may want to trim them and remove any dead branches so they cannot fall on the building. Be sure to trim back any branches that could break and cause damage.

You also want to inspect your roof flashing to ensure it is in good condition and secured to keep out water and to protect the roof covering from wind damage.

While you’re looking at your roof, you should be alert to maintenance issues that could increase the potential for roof damage in severe weather. Some things to look for include:

  • Bubbles
  • Missing gravel (flat roofs)
  • Shingles or tiles that are missing or damaged
  • Any deviations in your roof covering
  • Any looseness where the roof covering or flashing attaches to the building

There are different designs in roofs to prevent water accumulation, but regardless of whether you have gutters, downspouts, or roof drains, be sure they are clear of debris which can impede drainage and potentially lead to roof collapse. Check your downspouts to ensure they actually drain water away from your building and not into your basement or crawl space.

Business owners in particular should inspect roofs every month to check for dirt and debris, damage from storms, or even items left behind or damage caused by contractors who may be on the roof to service HVAC systems.

Year End Review

It’s a good idea for anyone to review their insurance policies every year to ensure the policy still meets your needs. Have you purchased any new property or valuable items, or received such items as gifts, in the past year that should be covered? If you haven’t, or if the contents of your home have changed significantly, take an inventory of all your personal property. The easiest way to do this is with a video camera. Your smartphone is probably capable of this. Be sure to inventory all closets and drawers, as well as anything you have stored in the basement, attic, or garage, and any outdoor items you own, such as patio furniture, planters, and lawn and garden equipment.

To help you with this task, many insurance companies offer inventory software, or you can probably find an app for your smartphone for this purpose. Most of these programs will store your inventory in the cloud, so you can access it from anywhere, and doesn’t have to be transferred if you trade in your phone.

Planning

Do you have an emergency plan in place? If not, you need to sit down with your family and figure out what to do in an emergency. How will you get in touch with your family members if disaster strikes when one or more of you aren’t home? Where will you meet if you get separated? Think about how you will get elderly or disabled family members, as well as small children, to safety, especially if you might have to evacuate them from an upstairs window.

Do you have a battery powered radio and enough flashlights? Are the batteries working and do you have extras? You’ll need the flashlights if the power goes out, and the radio will keep you notified of any local announcements.

Emergencies can be especially difficult for small businesses because they often do not have written emergency plans. When disaster strikes, they may not be able to recover.

Planning ahead is the key to being prepared for any emergency, for individuals, families, and businesses.

 

If you are in the San Diego area, and in need of help recovering from a Fire or Flood, call us at (619) 376-6838.

While Much Of Northeast Digs Out From Snowstorm, Jersey Shore Faces Flood Cleanup

The massive snowstorm that blanketed much of the Northeast over January’s fourth weekend turned into a different problem for the Jersey Shore: flooding. As the storm system moved northward along the East Coast, attention turned to coastal flooding as warnings were issued for Delaware and New Jersey as well as the south coast of Long Island.

Southern New Jersey was expected to see the worst coastal flooding and erosion, leading to flood damage and perhaps a significant cleanup effort. A record storm surge was predicted in some areas. But officials attempted to stay ahead of the storm. They arranged for the creation of sand dunes and told first responders to stand by.

With the devastation of Hurricane Sandy just three years ago, officials understand the damage potential from wind and rain and the flood damage that results. Residents are still shell-shocked, in some cases, from what they witnessed then.

flood damage hurricane sandy

Flood damage from hurricane sandy

Gov. Chris Christie, also a presidential candidate, issued a state of emergency declaration on Friday and departed from his planned campaign activities to return to New Jersey. Christie said he returned to the state before the rain or snow even started.

Residents in some areas were urged to stay in place and get ready. The message from Matt Doherty, mayor of Belmar, was to “hunker down” and be prepared for whatever might happen.

While officials cautioned that the flood damage would not rise to the level of that caused by Superstorm Sandy, they also advised that the flood threat wasn’t to be taken lightly.

Christie labeled those residents who were fighting the installation of protective sand dunes as selfish, given that the dunes are a proven and necessary way to protect residents from flood damage. He also expressed the greatest concern for those living on the barrier islands of the Jersey Shore.

By |January 25th, 2016|Flood, News|0 Comments

Weather Proof Your Home & Prevent Water Damage

From time to time warm water in the Equatorial Pacific causes weather patterns that cause heavier than usual rainfall in the southern United States. The phenomenon is known as El Nino and can have a huge influence on climate change.

The following outlines a number of steps you can take to protect your property against potential damage from expected rainy weather.

How to Prepare for Heavy Rains

Heavy rains pose a significant risk of flood damage. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. Do you have flood insurance? Most standard homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage. If you aren’t sure, call your insurance agent to find out.
  2. Do you have a backup for your sump pump? If not, and if your power goes out in a storm, you could be in trouble.
  3. Do you have a generator in case power goes out?
  4. Are there back pump preventers on the sewer drains in your area?
  5. Does ice or water tend to accumulate on sidewalks?

Roof Leaks

Second to basement flooding, roof damage is one of the most common sources of water damage in heavy rains. Here are some things you can do to prevent problems with your roof in a storm:

  1. Are there trees near your home that need to be trimmed or loose branches that need to be removed?
  2. Does your roof flashing need to be replaced?
  3. Do you have damaged shingles that need to be repaired or missing shingles that need to be replaced?
  4. Is there debris in your gutters or other obstructions that need to be removed?

Taking care of these issues now, before rain hits, will help keep water out of your home.

Emergency Plan

Emergency preparation kit

Emergency preparation kit

Emergency plans aren’t just for business, they are something everyone should have in place. Whether you are in California, where dry brush, drought, and high winds combine to create out of control wildfires, or in the Midwest, where tornadoes are a scary springtime routine, every place has a potential for disaster. You need to have a plan that includes:

  1. How are you going to get in touch with your family? Do you have an established meeting place?
  2. If you have elderly or disabled family members, how will you get them to safety?
  3. Do you have battery powered radios and flashlights? Are the batteries charged?
  4. Do you have a couple of days of supplies (food, water, medication) in case you are stranded?

How Can We Help?

Prepare yourself and your home for a disaster before it happens. Right now is the perfect time to give your insurance agent a call to review your coverage. It’s also a good idea to inventory your property and inspect all the items mentioned above. Should you find yourself experiencing flood or fire damage in the San Diego area, give us a call at (619) 376-6838.

By |January 16th, 2016|Flood, Tricks and Tips, Water Damage|0 Comments

El Niño Mold Prevention Involves Common Sense And Careful Action

Mold in a edge of a roomWinter during an El Niño year brings plenty of reasons for serious concern to southern California homeowners and business owners because of the potential environmental concerns related to all the extra moisture. While rain is great for plants and helps with the ongoing drought, every action possible must be taken to keep the moisture and humidity outside of our structures. Mold is stealthy and invasive, but there are actions you can take to make a real difference.

Areas that experience a lot of rainfall are always at risk for mold and the many problems it can bring to a home or business, but we’re pleased to offer some tips on preventing El Niño mold infiltration into your San Diego structures. And it all starts with keeping the water out in every way possible.

Here are some specific tips for dealing with the El Niño mold issue:

  1. Good building or home maintenance is the best defense against mold growth. Keeping up with your maintenance costs a lot less than mold remediation after you have a problem, and it prevents the loss of important possessions and equipment as well.
  1. Inspect and repair rain gutters, making sure they’re always clean and that downspouts don’t allow water to pool near the building’s foundation or anywhere near the structure where it could eventually find its way back inside. Water should be directed well away from all buildings.
  1. Get roof leaks fixed quickly. If you noticed leaks — even small ones — recently, get someone out to take care of the problem right away. Once the rain starts, it’s too late. And El Niño water and mold damage often comes with wind, which can make roof problems worse.
  1. If there are any surface drains, check them to make sure they’re functional. They serve a vital function in protecting your home or business and surrounding property.
  1. Take a look at ground slopes and make sure they’re all still sending water away from the building. Construction, repairs or landscaping can change slopes in ways that aren’t good for the building.
  1. Seal up windows and doors using standard, recommended procedures to prevent costly and damaging water intrusion. Simple caulking can go a long way — and keep those windows closed as well. Check for cracks or damage frequently.
  1. Consider unoccupied guesthouses or unused rooms in your home or business. They should be heated and checked for excess humidity to prevent condensation, one of the many causes of indoor mold. If there’s a musty odor, mold may have already started.
  1. Have sandbags ready if your building is on a lot that frequently floods. You need to be able to create an impenetrable water barrier system to protect your home or business. If your structure is located in a floodplain, this is especially important.
  1. Take immediate action if you notice water intrusion. Your insurance company may not be able to immediately return your call, but you must mitigate damages. The best first step is to contact a professional drying and mold remediation company as quickly as possible to stop problems from getting worse.

For a free telephone consultation without obligation or pressure, contact Orange Restoration San Diego right away at (619) 376-6838. We’ll work quickly to clean up water and mold and put things back like they should be. It’s what we do in and around San Diego every day. And we expect to be doing a lot more of it during this El Niño winter.

 

By |January 10th, 2016|Flood, Mold|0 Comments

San Diego Residents Feel Blowing, Flooding Impact Of Winter Storm

A winter storm on December 11 brought strong winds and large waves across San Diego County and snow in the mountains. It was the first snow of the winter and was part of a strong winter system that brought winds up to 70 mph as it passed.

While storms like this aren’t uncommon in the San Diego area, this system is the first of the season. Historically, some homeowners and business owners are caught unprepared for the first major storm system of the winter season.

Visibility in the desert was reduced due to blowing dust and snow made driving conditions hazardous along part of I-8 in the mountains. Perhaps the most devastating part of the system, however, is the coastal flooding and damaging surf from the largest swells. Surf near and south of Carlsbad was expected to peak at 15 feet.

The National Weather Service indicated that flood damage and wind damage would be possible from the storm, but it isn’t yet known how many homes were impacted by wind and water. And as the storm progresses, light to moderate rain is expected to sweep across the more densely populated areas of the region, bringing the potential for more flood and water damage.

Snow was expected to happen only above 7,500 feet at first but drop to as low as 4,500 feet, with some areas getting as much as 4 inches of snow while lower elevations that see snow may only get a trace. Outside mountain areas, wind and flooding are the primary cause for concern.

Drier times are expected to be short-lived with another storm system on the way. This additional system will only increase water and flood damage and potentially bring damage to additional areas. Flood damage restoration companies like Orange Restoration are already readying additional supplies to respond to the hardest-hit areas.

If your San Diego home or business becomes effected by the wind or high surf, contact Orange Restoration at (619) 376-6838.

By |December 12th, 2015|Flood, News, Water Damage|0 Comments

Identifying common causes of mold in your home

The right conditions

There are many things that can cause the right conditions for mold to begin to grow in your home. To grow mold needs to have a food source, darkness, heat source, oxygen, water and very little time.

Humidity

It only takes a few days of humid weather to cause mold to begin to grow in as little as 2 days! Rain fall on all kinds of surfaces including walls and fencing can lead to mold growth and of course spores which can easily be transferred to the home.

If you dry your clothing indoors using clothes horses or similar then the damp from the clothing gets into the air leading to humidity. Using a dehumidifier can reduce the chance of mold forming to keep the humidity lower than 55%.

Leaks

Even the smallest leaks can cause mold to grow, which usually goes unnoticed until items are disturbed or the mold becomes so bad it is clearly visible on walls, floors or furnishings.

Condensation

Floors made of concrete can become extremely cold even if carpet has been laid on top of them, the same goes for walls. When the house is warmed up again condensation can form which is an ideal breeding ground for mold.

Inadequate ventilation

Not having enough ventilation will make the air flow poor and even create stagnant areas. When water evaporates into steam it makes it humid and another ideal place for mold spores to grow and spread. In places where water is commonly used such as the bathroom and kitchen ventilation is extremely important.

Damp clothing

If you have ever left your swimming costume or trunks in a bag and forgotten about it, you may have noticed mold starting to grow on the item. The same can happen if clothes are washed and perfectly cleaned but left in their wet state for just a few days, so ensure laundry is completed before going away for the weekend.

Flooding

Floods can cause some of the most dangerous forms of mold, especially if the flood has been caused by outside influences such as sewerage or even the washing machine dirty water. This is because the water contains contaminants that can grow with the mold and be breathed in or accidentally ingested.

Under house water

Water can easily collect under the house, in basements and even in the houses foundations. Think about the layout of your garden and see if it slopes towards the house, if it does then you may need to rethink the landscaping to prevent water collecting around and eventually inside of the walls and house allowing mold to grow. Check regularly for holes in the structure of your home to prevent water from entering and keep an eye on guttering for cracks and blockages to keep water away from the house as much as possible.

If you have a basement check regularly to ensure that it is not damp down there and where possible keep a humidifier down there to keep the air fresh, especially if there is no ventilation by way of windows.

For more home maintenance advice, visit http://sandiego.housingcollaborative.org/maintenance/

 

By |December 12th, 2015|Flood, Mold|0 Comments

Will El Niño Year Force Flood Cleanup In Your Home?

The 2015 El Niño could be the worst ever, and the downpours expected might overwhelm Southern California’s vulnerable flood control system. That could mean flood cleanup at your home — and lots of others. Not since the El Niño weather event in 1997-98 that resulted in 17 deaths has there been an El Niño this large. Some are calling it a Godzilla-sized event.

The Los Angeles area is supposedly ready for the event thanks to dam improvements made in 2004 and 2005. But Pasadena’s Devil’s Gate Dam has a lot of debris from the Station fire, creating the possibility of flooding downstream from it.

And that isn’t the only problem. Cities all along the coast of California are vulnerable to flooding. In some cases, widespread flooding is possible. In others, flooding might be localized. But if it’s your home hit by a flood, the flood cleanup isn’t made any easier by knowing how many of your neighbors are also impacted.

A Record-Breaking El Niño Event

Ocean temperatures are now higher than they were in the summer before the huge 1997-1998 El Niño weather event that led to storms severely impacting much of California that winter. The event is called an El Niño because the temperatures in question exist in a Pacific Ocean region called Niño 3.4.

Sediment removal projects are planned for dams at Pacoima, Tujunga and at three locations in the San Gabriel Mountains. All have significant sediment buildup, and removing it would allow more room for runoff and reduce the chance of flooding.

Work on The Devil’s Gate is stalled because critics claim the operation will negatively impact wildlife habitats in the basin, mess up recreational opportunities and create too much truck traffic for local residents. These opponents want a small sediment removal operation.

Officials across the state are looking into other things that can be done to prevent flooding and the expensive disaster response for homeowners and businesses that may be an inevitable consequence of the El Niño event. In some areas, officials are asking for a complete investigation into the preparedness of flood control facilities like Devil’s Gate and others.

Vulnerabilities Are Proven

Previous storms have already shown that flood control in California is vulnerable. The dam at Devil’s Gate was built in 1920 following massive flooding and a huge flood cleanup effort earlier in the century, including the 1914 flood that sent a dozen or more homes and two markets down the river.

More recently, a 2010 heavy rainfall came a year after the Station fire and sent a mudslide into a staggering 40 or more homes. Debris from the mountain wedged a boulder weighing more than 10 tons into an important catch basin causing additional flooding.

As ocean temperatures in the critical region west of Peru rise to the highest levels of the year, benchmark location temperatures are up 3.4 degrees over last year. That’s higher than in 1997 when the massive El Niño resulted. Trade winds that cool waters west of Peru are also weakening. Experts say those trade winds would have to remain weak for a huge El Niño rivaling the previous record storm to result.

While a massive El Niño event could wash away several years of drought, many homeowners and business owners are left wondering if its worth it because of the risk of flooding and the hassles and expense of flood cleanup.

If you need flood cleanup in your home because of El Niño event or for any other reason, contact us at Orange Restoration at (619) 376-6838 for results that will ensure everything is put back to normal quickly and accurately.

By |August 20th, 2015|Flood, News, Water Damage|0 Comments