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What’s the Difference: Flood Watch vs. Flood Warning?

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

This home in Newton was flooded after we had heavy, extended rains.

After the flooding last month, many of us learned the importance of preparing for the worst. We received over 300 flood-related calls in a two-day period, and many people that initially handled the damage themselves are now facing mold growth issues.

It’s important we know how to prepare ourselves for future flooding incidents, but it’s just as important to be able to understand and heed warnings from local authorities. That’s why we’re explaining the difference between a flood watch and a flood warning.

Flood Watch

A flood watch is a term local authorities use to inform you that conditions are right for flooding to occur. However, it does not mean that there will be flooding—only that there’s a possibility due to the weather. When a watch is announced, you should stay tuned for updates and ensure that you’re ready to act if necessary.

Flood Warning

If a flood warning has been declared, you should begin to take action. This alert is only issued when flooding is imminent or currently happening. If you’re in a flood zone when a flood warning is issued, you need evacuate or get to higher ground.

Responding to Flood Damage

The most important thing when it comes to flooding is your safety, but that doesn’t mitigate the damage. If your home has flooding, our experts are able to extract and dry the damage. We have hundreds of pieces of equipment and over 60 fully-trained staff. If you have flood damage, call our team today!

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