If residents and business owners near the Mississippi River do not have flood insurance, now is the time to get it. The” Winona Daily News” reports the National Weather Service predicts the famous river will reach a “moderate flood stage.” However, record-breaking floods are cautiously predicted.
The article states:
“Periods of mild weather in the past few weeks released some of the liquid trapped in the snow cover, but additional snowfall has kept the snow cover equal to or higher than it was Feb. 17, according to the flood outlook issued Thursday.
“What’s worse, western Minnesota has the highest snow and water content on record… And all that water drains into the Mississippi.”
The cool March weather mixed with above-normal precipitation is feared to cause rapid melting of the lingering snow once the weather begins to warm. The report reminds readers that flood insurance benefits do not kick in until 30 days after the policy begins.
What to Do if You Experience Water Damage
If you experience flooding of any kind in your home or business, the following can help minimize water damage and mold growth:
- Unplug electrical equipment and shut off the circuit breaker.
- Take pictures of the water damage.
- Call your insurance company.
- Call a flood restoration company.
- Begin removing water while you wait to hear a response from the insurance company and restoration company. Use a mop, waterproof shop vacuum, or pump to remove the water.
- Remove wet materials from the building. Throw away any items that do not dry within 24 hours, like mattresses, toys, or padded office furniture as they may harbor dangerous mold.
[photo: Kevin Jack]