For the third time in two years, San Marcos residents are cleaning up after what has been labeled “historic flooding.” Two years ago, the area was hard hit by flooding only to suffer significant flooding again Memorial Day weekend of 2015. Over the Halloween weekend, flood waters again invaded homes inform Wimberley to San Marcos to Onion Creek.

Surveying Damage

Many residents who say they have still not recovered from the flooding on Memorial Day. However, on Saturday, many faced as much as a half-inch of mud in their homes. More than 600 people had to be evacuated during the flooding but there were no deaths reported. One person reported missing was found safe over the weekend.

Flood Dangers

Floods are the second most deadly types of natural disaster, second only to tornadoes in lost lives and property. However, in, Texas, people are more likely to be killed by flooding during storms than by a tornado. Texas has led the country in deaths by flooding, with three out of four of those deaths occurring when drivers try to escape cars overtaken by floodwaters. In the United States, floods cause almost $9 billion annually and, in 2011, 113 people died as a result of floods.

Protecting Your Property

The best way to protect yourself and your family during weather that may cause flooding is to evacuate the area when a flood warning is announced. It is critical to do so before bad weather arrives, however, as flood waters can rise rapidly, trapping people in rising waters with no opportunity for escape. In addition, there are things you can do that will protect your property from significant damage during flooding. Keep all important documents in a safe-deposit box that is easily transported should you need to evacuate.

Raise your furnace, water heater and electric panel to higher levels or place them in the attic if your home is prone to flooding. Install check valves in sewer traps to prevent flood water from backing the drains up into your home. You may also seal showers, tubs or basins using corks or stoppers to prevent water from entering your home through the drains. Seal walls and basements with waterproofing compounds. Use barriers such as sand bags or other methods to create berms and flood walls surrounding your home.

Although these measures may only be temporary measures during extreme flooding, they can provide you with additional protection when the area around your home floods. AAA Air can review your HVAC system to determine if it is protected from flooding. If it is determined you need to move your furnace, water heater or air conditioning unit to another location to avoid flood damage, AAA Air can provide knowledgeable, courteous and licensed technicians who will perform the necessary changes and have your system back up and running in no time. Protect your greatest investment – your home – with a system review by AAA Air.

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