The Essential Guide to Surviving Floods [Video]

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You might say that Philadelphia is a ways off from Grantham, but in the United States, it has the highest risk of flooding that could go over 12 feet. According to the Philadelphia Office Of Emergency Management, during the disaster always carry a portable radio that consumes very low battery, go to higher ground to use the radio and check for updates, never try to swim to safety and never cross waters more than knee deep.

As much as possible, halt your vehicle during floods and abandon them in stalled areas to avoid being rushed by massive floods.

Should you Landscape after a Flood?

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The flood is a very devastating event in one’s life and property. Recovery priorities are naturally directed at home safety and basic necessities. When everything had been put in order and things are getting along, you may notice that lawn or garden you recently ordered to be landscaped. Though you may have the financial advantage of having it re-landscaped again, try to re-assess the area after some time that the flood water had subsided. Take some time and read the following tips to save on time and money:

 

Determine what can be saved. You may have plants that may have or may have not survived the flood. However, it will take time to determine whether a plant really have survived a flood. You also have to consider the type of soil where the plant is planted. Sandy soil usually drains faster than clay-based soils.

 

The plants’ survival of the flood will also depend on how sensitive it is to too much water. Thus, if you know the name of the plants that you have in your lawn, better research about them so you’d know how long to wait before you can actually replace or start landscaping. You can also try to inquire from different landscaping companies as well or ask about clapham landscapers on services they offer after a flood.

 

Safety on Clean Up Process. Weather extremes may cause trees to break. If you have them in your yard, try to assess first if cutting them using a chainsaw will not hurt you or other people as well as increase damage to the neighboring trees and plants. It is safer to assess the situation first before acting on impulse to get your place all cleaned up. There may be wires that the fallen tree’s branch may have hit and may cause further damage to you and to your property.

 

Pull Out the Damaged Ones. After a day or two, do some work on the yard when you believe it’s already safe do so. Plants that have been covered in mud for a day or two may survive so it is best to remove the mud as much as possible. If your plants have been covered in mud for more than two days, there is no hope for these ones and it’s alright to pull them out. For the foliage leaves and shrubs that been splattered or covered with mud, let the mud dry off and come back some other days to wash or sprinkle the mud away.

 

Leave and Let Live. Most of the time, you may not have the time yet to see to the plants or trees in your lawn after a few days that the flood have subsided. Do not worry. You can just wait for a period of time and see which among the planted trees and shrubs will make it. This is also true, even for your lawn grass. When everything is dry, then you can call in the clapham landscaping to do some assessment for the lawn.

 

The Grantham Flash Floods of 2011

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Back on January 10th 2011 was when it happened. A huge flash flood hit Grantham. Over 10 people were believed to be killed in the disaster. Nine were confirmed dead or missing. The rush of water destroyed several of the towns homes leaving families with nothing. The small town required a lot of help from the government and non-profits to rebuild and support the local residents. Read More →

Grantham Flash Flood in Pictures

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Here are some pictures of the torrential water that hit Grantham in 2011:

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