Union County, New Jersey was hit with disastrous thunderstorms and flash flooding last week. Heavy precipitation led to deep floods, which uprooted telephone poles, demolished cars, tore apart the exteriors of residential and commercial buildings, and supplanted many New Jersey residents from their water-ravaged homes. Scotch Plains, which was hit hardest by the floods, appeared to be more of a river and less a plain as the flooding reached its strongest points. Many businesses reported a complete demolition of their stores, and many residents found their basements filled to the brim with rainwater. Some of those unlucky enough to have been caught out driving when the rains reached their epic heights were forced to abandon their cars, lest be swept away in the torrential flow.
All of these examples showcase the great power of voluminous rain.
Rescue workers and clean-up crews were fast to the scene, and the outlook they envisioned was dismal. The damage, they noted, could take days or even weeks to fully rectify.
What To Do In A Flood
At Kaplan Lawyers PC, your safety is our biggest concern. If you live in a place that’s susceptible to flooding, it’s important that you’ve got a game plan in mind in case your caught in fast, torrential rain. Even if you’re area doesn’t have a history of flooding, it still may be worth brushing up on the basic facts. Knowledge is power, and these helpful tips might one day save your life!
- If you are in a household, secure a battery-powered radio. It’s important to not latch onto something plugged into an electrical outlet; even if the room you’re in is not yet submerged, water seeping through the woodwork could cause an electrical surge.
- With this radio, tune into an emergency service station. They will advise you on what to do next. It may become important to disengage your main gas valve and to power down all of your electrical utilities.
- If flooding becomes bad enough, you may be forced to seek higher ground. The higher you go, the less likely it becomes that you’ll be trapped in a flooded room, and thus the risk of drowning is decreased. This means your top floor, attic, or even roof. Ideally, you should make your way to the roof if it is accessible and safe. With no ceiling above you, you’re less likely to get trapped.
- If you are in a car, it is important to divorce yourself from sentimentality. Abandoning your car may seem like a grievous financial price to pay, but if it’s the difference between being swept away by floodwaters and being able to find higher terrain, it is worth it. Remember: “things,” like cars, can be replaced. Your life, however, cannot be.
- Don’t attempt to ford the rivers created by a flood. The water may be filled with dangerous amounts of fast-moving debris. Logs or large scraps of metal may strike you, or drag you under the current. The current itself might be deceiving: fast floods gain momentum in vastly accelerated and oftentimes unpredictable ways. And because downed power lines may be in contact with the water’s surface, large swathes of the flood might be electrified. Due to all of this, floodwater is exponentially more dangerous than your everyday creek.
- Of course, there are preparatory measures you can take before a flood to ensure success in these above-mentioned endeavors. If you have a family, establish an emergency meeting spot and a designed escape route that leads there. Put together a kit of emergency supplies and store it somewhere easy to access. This way, every member of your family will be on the same page if disaster strikes.
- Lower ground is the most susceptible to flooding, for obvious reasons. If possible, try and re-inforce your basement against flood dangers using seals and barriers.
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Flooding can be catastrophic. Water, with its liquid ability to flow, and seep, and saturate, and destroy, can devastate vehicles and homes alike. What’s even more distressing is large quantities of water’s ability to wreak personal havoc. The quickness with which danger scenarios are created is referenced right there in the name: “flash” flood. These floods create deep pools of swirling water and so drowning becomes an immediate possibility. Downed power lines mean endless electrocution hazards, accentuated by the presence of so much water. Wrecked buildings and ravaged infrastructure means that the likelihood of being struck by debris increases tenfold.
Remember, you can come to Kaplan Lawyers PC with all of your personal injury questions. If you feel like you have no one to turn to, we can help answer your questions, inform you of your rights, and begin you down a path towards recovery, both emotional and financial. In the wake of any disaster, it’s easy to feel defenseless. But at Kaplan Lawyers PC, we have an expert team of attorneys ready and able to be your defense. Our consultations are a free and easy way to get started, so contact us today.