Here at ProCare Restoration, we talk a lot about what to do when your home is flooded, how to prevent floods, and the long-term damage to infrastructure that floods can cause. However, we’d be doing you a great disservice if we didn’t talk about how dangerous floods really are. It’s essential that you take floods seriously in order to keep your family safe.
With so many rivers, Illinois is a popular state for some serious flooding. Check out this video from 2008 about some influential and dangerous Illinois flooding:
Sometimes, even when millions of gallons of water are spilling across land, floodwater can still look fairly innocent. Other times, these torrential bursts can look absolutely furious. The important thing to remember, though, is that these two scenarios can be equally dangerous.
Even if water looks calm at the surface, there are often incredibly fast currents ripping their way around beneath the surface of the water. Of course, these currents can be strong enough to sweep you off your feet. In fact, here at ProCare Restoration, we’ve seen entire houses that look like they have been swept off their feet.
In case you’re not convinced of how dangerous these floods really are, check out one more quick video of the flash flooding of an Illinois school:
The power of a flood like this is unprecedented. The footage shows steel being bent and huge structures being ripped up. It’s incredibly lucky that there were no students in the building at the time of the flash flooding.
To put the true dangers of flooding more concisely:
- Just six inches of water moving quickly is enough to knock an adult off their feet
- Cars can only handle just under two feet of moving water before they can be swept away
- The water itself isn’t the only dangerous part — it is generally accompanied by a plethora of dangerous debris
- Flash floods kill more people each year than tornados and hurricanes
- Floods cause over $1,000,000,000 worth of damage annually in the United States
- In more urban areas, flash flooding often brings pollutants and floodwaters become dangerous to be in, even long after the initial flood event.
We cannot stress enough how important it is to take Illinois flooding and water damage seriously. In the event of a flash flood, there should only be one thing on your mind: getting to higher ground. After your safety is ensured, call ProCare Restoration as soon as possible. After a serious flood, the only way to prevent long-term damage is to get professional help with your Illinois flood restoration, and that’s where we come in.
Our certified professionals will give you a quick and cheap flood restoration in your Illinois home. In addition, we also specialize in mold removal in case mold has colonized your home as the result of the flooding. If you don’t get your flood problem taken care of immediately, you’re going to have a much bigger problem on your hands. So call us, and make sure it’s immediately after the disaster. We’re here for you when it gets tough.