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2905, 2016

Unified 4-Part Path Could Lead To Better Management Of California Flood Risks

By |May 29th, 2016|Flood, Water Damage|0 Comments

Alignment of public agencies across California is essential if the state and its officials are to chart a path toward success in managing California flood risks.

Perhaps more than at any time in the state’s history, flood management is at a crucial junction. Continuing down the pathway of fragmentation means poor planning, undependable funding and a narrow-minded approach to solving flood issues. Moving forward with an Integrated Water Management (IWM) plan, on the other hand, could mean more stability in funding, better public safety and other significant benefits.

Failing to make changes now could mean future flooding that’s catastrophic in nature and puts the lives and properties of millions at risk while risking environmental resources too. Unless you’ve seen the severe impact on homes, businesses and other property that can be caused by the effects of flood waters, it’s often hard to understand just how important the issue of flooding is for our state.

A complete and integrated water management program involves a four-pronged approach to flood management that includes:

  1. Tools. With better information and understanding of the problems related to flood management, public safety is enhanced and the other intended benefits of IWM are gained as well. Tools that everyone can use while working together include flood risk assessments. Short-term solutions need to be implemented as soon as possible while long-term actions are determined and pursued.
  1. Plans. It makes sense to work within an IWM approach when making flood management solutions from this point forward. This includes regional planning, which must be done as part of statewide policy and investment priority planning. With cooperation in planning, it may be possible to overcome barriers, reduce the administrative and regulatory burdens associated with operating, maintaining and improving flood benefits and develop truly integrated solutions with multiple benefits to the citizens of California and the environment.
  1. Actions. Striving for better alignment of flood management policies can make actions more efficient and effective. An IWM program can establish sensible financial priorities that will lead to better outcomes, better protection of citizens and better protection of property from flooding. With a fragmented approach, overlap of efforts creates waste. And some areas go completely unprotected. It seems we should be able to do better than that.
  1. Results. A document entitled California’s Flood Future outlines ways that measurable results related to managing flood risks can be established. These results can include:
  • reduced risks and consequences associated with flooding
  • better-informed decisions related to flood risk at the governmental, business and personal level
  • protection of the ecosystem and preservation of the function of floodplains
  • more benefits from protected funded by state and federal money
  • better flood management control and policies
  • setting of statewide flood management investment priority
  • significant and stable funding for flood management projects
  • and more.

It’s hard to imagine opposition to the four points laid out above, which seem like a commonsense approach to dealing with the issue of flooding in California.

As a San Diego restoration company, there’s little we at Orange Restoration can do about the causes of flooding or their control, but we do see the impact of flooding on people’s lives and businesses first hand.

The future of California is in the hands of elected officials, stakeholders of all kinds and the many agencies at all levels of government who must work together to prevent flooding and keep people out of its way whenever possible.

When we take care of people, our environment, our industries and everything else in our state, we’re doing what we can for a solid and economically stable future.

For help with flood damage in Southern California, call us at (619) 376-6838.

2705, 2016

Repairing Damage From A Toilet Flood [Restoration Tips]

By |May 27th, 2016|Flood, Water Damage|0 Comments

2205, 2016

Fire Damage Response – Behind the Scenes

By |May 22nd, 2016|News|0 Comments

1505, 2016

An Integrated Water Management Plan Is Key To Flood Management Solutions

By |May 15th, 2016|Flood, Water Damage|0 Comments

Wouldn’t it be great if a flood management program could be developed that solves many of California’s flooding issues while also dealing with water supply concerns and ecological issues? In the process of solving the flooding crisis, other situations could be respected and improved.

California’s Department of Water Resources is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a program of what they call IWM – or Integrated Water Management. The idea is to create flood management programs with multiple benefits in mind.

With IWM, flood management can be handled along with water supply management and actions to protect and develop the ecosystem so that there are benefits on all these issues, not just on flooding.

For that to happen, governmental leaders must work with people from the private sector and across all agencies, integrating experts from economics, engineering and the environmental sciences as well as public policy and public information voices. When fully implemented, IWM will promote flexibility in the system and resiliency that could accommodate changing conditions and issues like ecosystem needs, climate change, drought or flood events, regional preferences and financing capabilities.

Better Safety Is The Result

What difference would an integrated approach make? IWM provides better results for everyone – especially the people of California, who should be the ultimate recipients of any flood management actions. IWM results in better public safety, greater environmental stewardship and helps ensure the stability of the statewide economy, which could be placed in jeopardy by a devastating flood event in certain regions of the state.

Think of IWM as a holistic approach to solving many California needs at once, just as holistic medicine concerns itself with the whole body at once.

Long-Term Cooperation Is Necessary

It’s important to understand that the IWM approach to flood management doesn’t involve a single meeting or series of collaborations. For this approach to work to reduce flood risk and meet the other goals involved in this integrated approach, the creators of this approach have determined that a never-before-seen level of cooperation and alignment between public agencies, landowners, interest-based groups, tribal entities and all other stakeholders is required.

And the collaboration must be at all levels, including in information gathering, policy-making, planning, establishment of regulations and investment. Currently, some cooperation exists, but it isn’t enough considering how important this issue is for the future of the state.

When a wide approach is taken, there may be financial benefits in both the short and long term as well. Working together may open up funding sources that were not available for use in flood management before. For achieving the flood management goals that are necessary for success, such an approach is important since current funding at most levels is inadequate at best.

At Orange Restoration, we’re in the flood damage repair and water damage restoration business, but we don’t want to see properties damaged unnecessarily when the damage could have been prevented by a smarter approach to flood management.

We’re a California company with a stake in what happens to our state over the long term. Working together, we believe it’s possible to solve longstanding problems in innovative new ways that benefit everyone with minimal negative impacts on anyone.

When emergency restoration is necessary – and it always will be – we’ll be there for you. But we genuinely hope that we never have to come help you clean up from a devastating flood event – especially one that could have been prevented by the establishment of the IWM plan and other initiatives that benefit the future of California as well as everyone and everything in it.

We can be reached 24/7 at (619) 376-6838.

905, 2016

Ancient Mold in Jerusalem – Mold Removal Isn’t Always Necessary

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805, 2016

Damage Restoration Process – Behind The Scenes

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105, 2016

Damage Restoration – We Deal With Your Insurance Adjustors

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2404, 2016

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1704, 2016

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1204, 2016

Reactions to December 2015 Floods: Federal Aid

By |April 12th, 2016|Flood, News, Water Damage|0 Comments

It has been announced by President Obama that his government are now officially considering the December floods that occurred in the state of Washington a natural disaster, making them now applicable for federal disaster aid to support the clean up and restoration process there.

Flood Rescue Puyallup

Flood Rescue – Photo via Facebook of Puyallup Police Dept.

The severe weather conditions over the last few weeks of 2015 created flooding on an unprecedented scale, destroying homes, businesses, and livelihoods, and forcing many people and families to abandon their homes for fear of being cut off completely. The evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people meant that many safety stations had to be set up in nearby schools and hospitals, providing safety for those fleeing the waters. It is believed that ten counties at least will be accessing the financial aid to help their local communities.

As well as flooding, the areas of Oregon and Washington have suffered from landslides and tornadoes which have cut off many people from support and help, and forcing emergencies services to risk dangerous rescues in order to prevent further harm. It is believed at this time that two people were killed in Oregon. Much of the rescue work and repairs that now need to be carried out will be very expensive, especially as much of the debris that has been deposited in areas will have to be removed before any hope of repairing the damage can be realised.

Governor Jay Inslee of Washington has announced a state of emergency, following what he described in his own words as ‘days of hazardous weather with landslides closing major highways, high winds knocking out power to thousands, and rainfall causing wide-spread flooding of roadways, homes and property’. It is believed that funds will be able to start helping people in the affected areas very soon.