Hurricane Matthew made its way up the East Coast this past weekend and our state of North Carolina really took a hard hit from this massive storm. Although it was downgraded to a Category 1 by the time it reached NC, it was still powerful with excessive amounts of rain and strong winds. These elements produced substantial damage and flooding, which means it is now time for post-storm cleanup and safety. Hurricane Matthew may be far away and out to sea now, but we’re still feeling the effects. Flooding continues to be a big concern as rivers crest and bring potential for even more flooding and possible evacuations.
After any type of big storm are days of cleanup and trying to get back to normal, everyday life. Post-storm cleanup is now underway. If you are a lucky one and didn’t lose power or have any damage, your cleanup may consist of picking up branches and small tree limbs in the yard. Also, it is a good idea to give your home a thorough inspection for any leaks. After large amounts of rain in such a short period of time, unnoticed small leaks may turn into something more, creating a bigger, and more expensive problem. If your house has an attic, take a few minutes and check it out just to make sure you don’t notice any leaks or damage coming from the roof. Also, walk through your house and give the ceilings and windows a good look.
Safety on the road is a major concern even after a hurricane has come and gone. Flooding can continue for days and this is a time every driver should be on high alert when behind the wheel. If you are driving and see water ahead, turn around and go the other way. Never try to go through the water because there is no way to know exactly how deep it is. Once your car is in the water and it’s too deep, the water can be so strong that it could be nearly impossible to turn around at that time. For the safety of yourself and your loved ones, turn the car around. Also, if you don’t need to be on the road, then stay home. This is especially true during a storm.
For more information and tips, visit http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/hurricane#Recover.