Recent Storm Damage Posts
Fall Weather Threats
Autumn is finally upon us, meaning pumpkin spice, football, and sweater weather. While most fall days are some of the most pleasant weather days of the year, there are also significant opportunities for weather threats. Some of these threats can be caused by cold, dry air and warm, humid air clashing causing air masses that can then turn into severe thunderstorms during the months of October and November. A second threat that can come from fall weather is intense fog. Fog can be severely dangerous for motorists and cause several traffic accidents. The cause of fog increasing during the fall season is due to cooler, longer nights. Fog usually develops during overnight hours and carries into early to mid-morning hours. The third threat caused by fall weather is frost. Frost occurs mostly in rural areas because there are more wide-open spaces. A fourth occurrence of fall weather is snowstorms. Now, we live in the south, so this is unlikely to happen here, but stranger things have happened. As we all say, “That’s Mississippi weather for you!” While most snow is light and powdery and perfect for skiing or snowboarding, fall weather can be mostly wet and heavy. This is especially dangerous because snow accumulates of leaves that haven’t yet fallen. This accumulation causes more weight and the trees are more likely to have broken branches or snap. These branches or fallen trees could damage a home, car or cause power outages if they land on a power line. Heavy and wet snow can also cause the roadways to become more slippery and slushy causing crashes. The final threat caused by fall weather is hurricanes. The peak of hurricane season is September, but the season doesn’t end until November 30. Sea surfaces remain warm even during cooler times which can cause cyclones to occur. Hurricane Matthew is the most recent late season hurricane to hit the US.
Be Prepared for a Hurricane
It is important to be prepared for fall storms. Extreme fall weather, such as hurricanes can cause unexpected damage, so knowing what to expect can help you be prepared.
Torrential downpours, extreme winds, floods and power outages are just a few of the effects of a hurricane. According to NASA, hurricanes are the most violent storms on Earth. A hurricane is fueled by just two things; heat and water. This is a dangerous combination and causes horrendous damage.
A few tips to help you “stormproof” your home are:
- Trimming trees or removing damaged trees and limbs
- Make sure your rain gutters are free of debris and fixed in place
- Reinforcing the roof, doors and windows
- Have a power generator and fuel ready
- Build a “safe room” to take shelter during a hurricane
It is also important to have supplies ready and on hand
- A three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Gallon of water per person for three days
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- First aid kit
If you or your family suffer damages from a hurricane, call SERVPRO. We are always “here to help.”
Use Hurricane Shutters to Protect Your Home
Mississippi is prone to hurricanes and tropical storms. It is important to be prepared for the heavy rain and strong winds that accompany these natural disasters. One way to do this is by installing hurricane shutters on the outside of your home. There are several different types of storm shutters; keep reading to learn which type may be right for you!
These are permanent shutters made of polycarbonate or metal. They are very strong and effective. An accordion shutter is attached to the side of a window and can be unfolded and locked into place. These run about $15-$25 per square foot.
Bahama awnings are ideal for those living in hot, sunny climates. Besides protecting from falling debris, they also provide necessary shade. These cost between $15-$20 per square foot.
This type of storm shutter is perfect for those who want a permanent change to the outside of their house. They are made from polycarbonate or quality metal. They protect from high winds while also providing privacy and insulation. These are pricier, averaging $20-$30 per square foot.
The colonial security shutter looks very similar to a traditional decorative shutter. However, it can be bolted into place during a storm. The price varies from $200-$500 per individual window.
Storm panels are used for temporary protection from a storm threat. They often come in steel, aluminum, or polycarbonate. These average around $100 per window.
Recap of Hurricane Barry
Hurricane Barry's path across Louisiana
Barry originated from a cluster of thunderstorms in the Plains around the fourth of July. This cluster of storms started a spinning formation which eventually moved into the Gulf of Mexico. Barry made landfall along the Louisiana coast as a Category 1 hurricane on July 13, 2019. This caused extremely heavy rainfall and flooding in Louisiana and Arkansas. In fact, Arkansas may have set a new state record for the most rainfall from a tropical cyclone. The peak storm surge inundation occurred where Barry made landfall creating a surge of 6 to 7 feet above normal high tide level. The strongest winds were generally east and south of the center of the hurricane near the Gulf coast. Luckily Barry was only briefly categorized as a hurricane and did not cause any catastrophic damages.
Mississippi River Flooding
At over 180 days and counting, the Mississippi river has been above flood stage for the longest period in recorded history, surpassing the 1927 flood record of 152 days.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been working tirelessly to manage the river’s flood waters and prevent additional flooding to communities across the Mississippi River Valley. Communities upriver have experienced devastating flooding, but luckily those in and around Louisiana have been largely protected from flooding as a result of the Mississippi River & Tributaries System.
Nearly 170 trillion gallons of water have flowed down the Mississippi River since the start of the year. This volume of water is 60% greater than the 10-year average!
This is certainly the longest flood of our time. 2019 will be remembered as record breaking and the most unprecedented flood in recorded history.
Protecting your home from storm damage
During the summer, warm weather and sunshine are often accompanied by strong winds and heavy rain. It is important to know what you can do to prevent storms from wreaking havoc on your home this season.
- Inspect your foundation: cracks in your home’s foundation may lead to unwanted water seeping in during a storm.
- Check for dead trees: dead and diseased trees may not be able to hold up against strong wind and rain during a storm. A fallen branch or limb has the potential to cause major water damage.
- Clean your gutters: clogged gutters cause water buildup around your roof. Over time this may lead to a major water loss.
- Have your roof inspected: finding any flaws or issues ahead of time will allow you to fortify your roof in preparation for a storm.
Polar Vortex in Flint, MI
We are always here to help, no matter where the disaster strikes!
Mother nature She can cause hurricanes, tornadoes, extreme heat, and extremely cold weather. SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale travels all over the United States when disasters strike.
The most recent storm we helped on was in Flint, MI. This past winter, a severe cold wave caused by a weakened jet stream around the Arctic polar vortex hit the Midwestern United States. It brought the coldest temperatures in over 20 years to most locations in the affected region, bringing up to 13 inches of snow in some regions from January 27-29. So, as a result of this weather, many homeowners and businesses pipes burst. So, our team loaded up drying equipment and tools and headed to Michigan. They endured the cold temperatures and helped around 20 homeowners get back to normal.
SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale is always ready for any size disaster, no matter where it happens.
Hurricane Florence Headed To The East Coast
Predicted path of Hurricane Florence from the Hurricane Storm Center.
Hurricane Florence has developed into a Category 4 major hurricane over the weekend. It is currently southeast of Bermuda and is tracking to hit the east coast of the United States later this week. As of now it is predicted to come with a storm surge, destructive winds and lots of rainfall. Hurricane Florence has the potential to be on the strongest storms recorded on the East Coast.
If you and/or friends or family are on the East Coast in the area predicted to be in Hurricane Florence’s path now is the time to develop or review your preparedness plan. Be sure to follow orders from local officials for your safety.
If you don’t have a plan of what do just yet, The Weather Channel has some helpful links on what you can do to be prepared if you are in the path as well as what to do after the storm. Just visit http://www.flash.org/hurricanestrong/ and follow the links as well as watch these helpful videos.
What's The Difference Between A Watch And A Warning
Summer’s in the south bring many rain storms. It's important to stay aware of severe weather watches and warnings and to know how to react. A watch means that conditions are favorable for severe storms. Watches are typically issued for large areas and are in effect for several hours. During a severe weather watch you don’t need to alter your plans just make sure you stay aware of the conditions.
A warning means severe weather is occurring or will be soon, and action should be immediate. Severe thunderstorms are capable of producing damaging wind and possibly hail.
One thing to remember is that lighting happens in every thunderstorm. This does should not downplay the damage of a strike. During these conditions find a safe place such as the inside of a sturdy building and keep informed of the conditions and remain there until it’s clear.
2018 California Wildfires
Firefighters working on active wildfire.
Northern California was declared a national disaster on Aug 4, 2018. There’s been over 5,000 fires that have burned an area of 712,135 acres as of 7th of August. These fires are still ongoing but have already been named the largest in California’s history.
There are many factors that led to the 2018 wildfire season in California being so devastating. One of these direct causes was the increase in dead tree fuel in the state, there was a record 129 million dead trees. The atmospheric conditions aren’t helping the matters either, increasing temperatures and dryness have increased the wildfire risk. Also, home development in these areas has increased over the years it has increased the number destroyed when these events occur.
Along with decreased air quality there have been fatalities associated with these fires. The death toll is up to 12 and there are still people unaccounted for in these communities included firefighters working to put them out.
Summer Rain Storms Can Cause Roof Damage
Roof damage to a Batesville, MS hotel after a summer storm.
The summer months are mostly categorized by the heat and humidity. Most people stay inside and limit their outside activities during the hotter times of the day. One thing people don’t normally complain about in the summer is the rain, it lowers the temperature and makes the outside more bearable most of the time. However, in some cases, these higher temperatures bring summer storms. The rain storms this summer have not only caused some flooding but roof damage as well. Here are some tips on how to check your roof for damage following a storm:
- Look for damaged or broken shingles
- Check for tears or buckling in the flashing
- Make sure gutters are free of debris
- Chimneys shouldn’t be leaning or missing/loose flashing
- Inspect the inside of your home for moisture marks
If you see any of these signs you should get them fixed immediately. The longer you wait more damage can occur. You should also consult your insurance and see if you should file a claim. If you suspect moisture inside your home, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale has the equipment and training to effectively dry your home to keep secondary issues such as mold from happening.
Top Tips For Tornadoes
Tornadoes are something we’ve become more accustomed to in North Mississippi. They can be violent storms that can demolish even the best made structures. Tornadoes can uproot trees and throw other objects around. Here are three top tips to keep in mind about tornadoes from the American Red Cross:
- Identify a safe space in your home where your family and pets can gather. It should be the lowest floor, most interior room, with no windows.
- If you find yourself in a high rise building just find a hallway that is in the center in case, you do not have time to get to the lowest floor.
- If in a mobile home, find a safe place close by, no mobile home is safe in a tornado.
One last think to keep in mind is to know the difference between a Tornado Warning and Tornado Watch. A Tornado Watch means the conditions are probable for activity whereas a Tornado Warning means one is near or could occur soon so find a safe space immediately.
2018 Hurricane Season
Subtropical storm Alberto hit land on May 28, 2018.
Hurricane season is described as a continuous event in the formation of tropical cyclones in the Northern Hemisphere. The season officially began on June 1, 2018 and will end on November 30, 2018. This is the period of time they are most likely however, it is possible at any time of the year.
This seasons forecast is to be a average for 2018 with a total of 11 named storms, 4 hurricanes and only 1 major hurricane. These numbers are because of the continued cooling in the Atlantic and an increasing chance of El Nino forming later in the year.
Here’s some tips from FEMA on how to prepare for future hurricanes:
- Know what you should do before, during and after a hurricane
- Create an emergency communication plan with your family
- Know your local community’s evacuation plans
- Check your insurance coverage
- Have emergency supplies at home
- Download the FEMA mobile app
Tornado Damage in Alabama
SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale is ready to help you start rebuilding after the storm.
SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale main priority will always be the customers in our service area. We aim to be the premier cleaning and restoration company and the one you call when disaster strikes. Sometimes while taking care of our customers at home we also get to help some of our fellow SERVPRO’s throughout the country. This past spring, we did just that in Alabama.
In March, numerous tornadoes were sighted and one touched down in Jacksonville, AL. The damage from this F-3 tornado and the storms surrounding it left many homes and buildings with damage. One of the major benefits of choosing SERVPRO when this type of large disaster happens is our ability to gather resources. Just days later our crew from Mississippi was on the ground helping the crews in Alabama reach their customers and help them begin to rebuild.
When disaster happens call SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale, our 24/7 emergency service is ready to help!
Flood Waters Are Beginning To Go Down... Now What?
Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
With all the hurricanes and natural disasters in the news right now, it is important to know the steps to follow once the rain and flood waters have left your home or business. The aftermath of the water damage can be overwhelming task to face and can sometimes feel impossible. This is where SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale motto of “Ready For Whatever Happens” comes in to play. Not only are our phone lines open 24/7 but we also have a staff of well trained technicians ready to help.
Here’s what you can do until help arrives per the American Red Cross:
- Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.
- Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
- If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
- Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
- Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
- Stay out of any building that has water around it.
- Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.
- Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.
- Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
- Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
- Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
- Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
- Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
How You Can Help With Hurrican Harvey
Sunday in Houston, TX
Thomas B. Shea/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
ATTENTION: Important Chamber Announcement | HURRICANE HARVEY PHLASH DRIVE
Dear Chamber Members,
I’m sure most of you are aware of the severity of the devastation and flooding that has engulfed many areas in Texas as a result of Hurricane Harvey. If you have seen pictures you know this devastation is beyond anything our minds can even imagine. Communities are in great need right now, with homes, businesses, schools, and more, all underwater. Here is our opportunity to help!
I am challenging EVERYONE in Oxford and Lafayette County…….and I mean EVERYONE, to give! I encourage businesses, churches, schools, the University, etc. to donate whatever they can.
The items needed are:
· cleaning supplies
· first aid kits
· rubber gloves
· hand sanitizer
· towels (new)
· diapers & baby wipes
· baby formula
· dry pet food
· (PLEASE, NO BOTTLED WATER, USED ITEMS OR CLOTHING ITEMS AT THIS TIME.)
Monetary donations are also being accepted to cover the expense of the very large rental truck that has been secured as well as gas to transport the items.
Here’s the thing…donate whatever you can. Even if it’s one small thing, please give--it might be a big thing to someone else. Let’s do this, Oxford!
There will be a truck leaving Oxford on Thursday afternoon headed to Texas and we hope it will be filled to the brim!
We need all items to the Chamber of Commerce by NOON on Thursday!
Remember, a community is a place, but it is much more than that. It is that feeling that exists in our hearts when we think of our families, our friends, our neighbors, and our homes. More importantly, it is the desire to share that feeling with those who need it most; those that may have lost all of those things. Please give!
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Oxford/Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce
SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale Heads To Storm In Kansas
SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale on STORM in Kansas.
Throughout the year, all over the country, catastrophic natural disasters wreak havoc on communities large and small. Many times heavy rain fall over a significant amount of time can lead to flooding. This can cause homeowners to feel overwhelmed and confused on what should happen next.
SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale is always ready to help our local customers as well as other franchises that may experience natural disasters. Nationwide, SERVPRO has over 1,600 franchises who can mobilize and travel to assist in disaster clean up in communities across the United States.
The last week of July 2017 the Kansas City area received large amounts of rainfall that led to flooding in the area. Our SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale was asked to respond and travel to assist. Within 24 hours of receiving that phone call we already had crews in homes helping extract water and begin the drying process.
This should ease any hesitation you may have if you experienced the same kind of flooding to know you can rely on SERVPRO to turn a stressful situation into a manageable, professional experience.
SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale is here to help, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Protecting Your Pets From Storms
Keep these fury family members safe during storms!
Many people have evacuation plans and emergency kits ready for their families when crisis hits, but do you have a plan for your four-legged family members. Having a plan for pets during these stressful times takes some of the unknown fears out of the equation.
Use these tips to have your pets ready:
The first step is to have a plan in place with storms and other natural disasters happen. Have a place in mind to go and supplies ready.
- Don’t Deter From The Plan
If you decide to leave town because of potential warnings or safety, GO! Don’t re-evaluate the plan or go back and forth on what you should do, this costs you valuable time.
This should be very similar for the one you make for you and your family. It should include food and water, plastic bags, puppy pads/litterbox, leash and information in case you get separated.
Your pet can sense your emotions and you demeanor can positively or negatively affect them. Use a calm voice and be attentive during this time.
Once the storm passes and everyone is okay and accounted for, assess structural damage. If you need help in cases of water or fire, give SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale a call 662-281-1881.
When Storms Strike SERVPRO's Teams Are Ready
SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale is part of the Disaster Recovery Team that is always here to help!
Spring and summer for many Oxford, Batesville, and Clarksdale residents means trips to the beach. It’s a great break to get away and enjoy a little sun and sand when kids are out of school and parents need a vacation. One thing that can alter plans while at the beach is rain storms, tropical storms and even hurricanes.
The official Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June 1 through November 30. The majority of the storms hit during what is called “peak season”, which is between the months of August and October. The Climate Prediction Center classifies hurricane seasons each year based on how active they believe it will be. This year they are predicting what they refer to as an above-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic. Above normal means that they predict between 12 and 28 tropical storms and between 7 to 17 hurricanes during the 2017 hurricane season.
Things to keep in mind when at the beach during bad weather:
- Listen to lifeguards and check caution flags
- Check weather stations and websites
- Use rainy days for shopping and other inside activities
For peace of mind remember when a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® is poised and “Ready for whatever happens.” With a network of over 1,600 Franchises, the SERVPRO® System strives to be faster to any size disaster. Strategically located throughout the United States allowing for a faster response time, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team®, is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters.
When Storms or Floods hit Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale, SERVPRO is ready!
Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage.
SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 662-281-1881