Recent Storm Damage Posts

Flood Damage in Shady Spring?

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

The exterior of a flooded home is shown. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Raleigh County.

SERVPRO® of Beckley responds to storm damage emergencies every year in Shady Spring. Here are some tips from the American Red Cross on cleaning and repairing your home after a flood:

  • Wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots, and be cautious when cleaning up
  • Learn more about how to clean up after a flood, including the supplies you’ll need, how to sanitize food contact surfaces, and how to repair water damage
  • Be careful when moving furnishings or debris because they may be waterlogged and heavier
  • Throw out mattresses, carpeting, cosmetics, stuffed animals, baby toys, and other items that absorb water and cannot be cleaned or disinfected
  • Throw out all food, beverages, and medicine exposed to floodwaters and mud. When in doubt, throw it out. This includes canned goods, plastic utensils, baby bottle nipples, and containers with food or liquid that has been sealed shut.
  • Pump out flooded basements gradually (about one-third of the water per day) to avoid structural damage. If the water is pumped out completely in a short period of time, pressure from water-saturated soil on the outside could cause basement walls to collapse.
  • Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are health hazards.

Call Us Today!

When you require storm damage restoration services in Shady Spring, SERVPRO® of Beckley has a team of highly trained and certified restoration technicians on-call 24-hours a day to respond to your call. Call us today at 304-253-6633.

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

Rainstorm Damage in Oceana?

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

The backyard of a home is shown flooded by a heavy downpour of rain. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Raleigh County.

Storm damage happens in Oceana.

During the last rainstorm, my roof began to leak, and water came in through the attic and down through the ceiling. My neighbor told me to call SERVPRO® of Beckley. They arrived quickly and tarped up the roof and conducted a thorough inspection and determined the cause of the damage as a cracked shingle and deteriorated flashing by my chimney. They dried out the area and returned my home to pre-water damage condition in a short amount of time.

According to a study published by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), roof leaks were the most common source of water damage in the study, and the potential for a roof leak was even higher in regions where freezing weather and severe wind and hail were frequent. The IBHS suggests having a professional inspect the roof annually and to make repairs if:

  • There are cracked or missing shingles or loose or missing granules
  • Flashing has deteriorated, especially around chimneys and vents
  • Pooling water is present

Call Us Today!

When you have a storm damage emergency, every minute counts and SERVPRO® of Beckley has a team of highly trained storm restoration technicians on-call 24-hours a day to respond to storm damage emergencies in Oceana. Call us today at 304-253-6633. We’ll clean and restore your property damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

Lightning Strikes in Beckley?

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning is shown lighting up a stormy sky. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Raleigh County.

Thunderstorm Safety Tips for Beckley

Each March, West Virginia holds Severe Weather Awareness Week to create awareness for all kinds of severe weather, including thunderstorms, which are a common occurrence in the spring. Thunderstorms are dangerous storms that include powerful winds, create lightning and hail, and cause flash flooding and tornadoes.

SERVPRO® of Beckley responds to storm damage emergencies often throughout the year in Beckley and offers these thunderstorm safety tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on preparing for a thunderstorm:

  • Know your area’s risk of thunderstorms. They can occur year-round and at any hour. Sign up for your community’s warning system.
  • The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • Identify sturdy buildings close to where you live, work, study, and play.
  • Cut down or trim trees that may be in danger of falling on your home.
  • Consider buying surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system to protect your home, appliances, and electronic devices.
  • Secure outside furniture.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Beckley has a team of highly trained restoration technicians on-call 24-hours a day to respond to storm damage emergencies in Beckley. Call us today at 304-253-6633. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

Storm-damage in Shady Spring?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

A mixture of snow and rain cover the window of a building. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Raleigh County.

Storms Happen in Raleigh County

Winter weather can bring snow and rain to Shady Springs and the rest of Raleigh County, and in many instances, this can happen on the same day! SERVPRO® of Beckley has a team of highly trained technicians on-call 24-hours a day to respond to your call for help. Here are some tips from our website on what to do while waiting for help to arrive:

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Beckley has storm restoration technicians on-call 24-hours a day to respond to any flooding or storm damage emergency you may have in Shady Springs. Call us today at 304-253-6633.

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

Downed Tree in Beckley?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

A chainsaw sits on top of a downed tree. Raleigh County relies on us to mitigate storm damage!

A tree falls in Beckley.

Did you know that a tree is not considered “planted” until it has been in the ground for five years? According to the Utah State University Forestry Department, there are many factors that contribute to the successful planting of a tree, including selecting trees acclimated to the region, selecting trees with well-developed crowns and with no wounds on the trunks or branches, and routinely mulching, watering, fertilizing, and pruning.  

Winter weather storms bring high winds, rain, snow, and ice to Raleigh County residents and SERVPRO® of Beckley respond to many winter storm damage emergencies during the winter season. Trees and tree branches are known to blow down from strong winds, and heavy rains saturate the soil and can cause tree roots to fail, and sometimes fallen trees cause damage to homes and buildings.

Our technicians are on-call 24 hours a day to assist you with storm and property damage emergencies. When we arrive, we will tarp and board up any areas of the home or structure exposed to the elements, provide an assessment of the damage, and begin the mitigation process. Our goal is to make the experience as stress-free as possible.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Beckley can respond to any size A chainsaw sits on top of a downed tree. emergency. Call us today at 304-253-6633. We’ll restore your property damage in Beckley, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

Be prepared for power outages from storms in Beckley

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Managing Without Power in Beckley 

SERVPRO of Beckley has seen storm damage lead to power outages.   

A power outage can:

  • Disrupt communication
  • Make transportation difficult
  • Shut down water pipes
  • Close businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, banks, ATMS, other services
  • Lead to food spoilage
  • Lead to contaminated water
  • Disable medical devices

During a power outage in Beckley, be sure to:

  • Keep freezer & refrigerator doors closed. It will reduce the chance of food spoilage
  • User generators only outdoors and away from windows
  • Disconnect appliances/electronics. Power surges can destroy equipment
  • Have already set up plan to refrigerate medicines
  • For people who use power wheelchairs, have a backup battery.  You may also need a manual chair
  • The local power company should already know that someone in your home relies on medical devices
  • Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home or business
  • If travel is safe, go to another location for proper heating or cooling
  • Check on your neighbors.


SERVPRO of Beckley is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/poweroutage/index.html

Storm Threatening Beckley?

1/17/2021 (Permalink)

Dark, menacing clouds are shown above a cloud break and sunshine over some rural hills. We provide 24-hours emergency response every day in Raleigh County.

Severe Weather Happens

Severe weather and flooding are familiar weather scenarios for the residents and business owners of Glen Daniel. February 2020 brought heavy rains, flooding, and hazardous conditions to many areas of the state, causing some residents to evacuate due to high water. SERVPRO® of Beckley responds to storm damage emergency calls throughout the year, and we see firsthand the damage high winds and heavy rains can cause.

Here are some tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on things you can do while waiting for help to arrive in the event you are under a flood warning:

IF YOU ARE UNDER A FLOOD WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

  • Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
    • Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.
  • Depending on the type of flooding:
    • Evacuate if told to do so.
    • Move to higher ground or a higher floor.
    • Stay where you are.

Call Us!

When you need help with a storm damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Beckley is Here to Help. ® Our storm damage restoration technicians are on call 24 hours a day to respond to any size storm damage emergency. Call us today at 304-253-6633. We’ll restore your storm damage in Glen Daniel, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

Prepare for a Winter Storm Beckley

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beckley has these tips to help prepare for a winter storm.

Winter Storms in Beckley can bring high winds, snow, and ice. A winter storm can knock out power, water, and communication. 

SERVPRO of Beckley wants you to be prepared. Winter storms can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. You can’t prevent a winter storm, but you can minimize storm damage.

  • Prepare by gathering emergency supplies. Supplies include warm clothes, extra blankets, flashlights, medicines, and food. Gather any items you will need if you lose power or communication
  • Develop a communication plan. Have phone numbers written down in case you cannot use your mobile phone
  • Know the winter storm terms. The National Weather Service (NWS) will report a(n):
    • ADVISORY when they expect that weather conditions might be hazardous. Be cautious, and the conditions should not be life-threatening 
    • WATCH when they predict heavy snow or ice, but cannot yet show when or which areas will be hit. NWS issues a WATCH 12 to 26 hours ahead of the predicted storm 
    • WARNING when they expect 4 or more inches of snow or sleet within 12 hours or they expect ¼ inch or more of ice. Keep warm and dry. Minimize driving. Stay indoors
  • Tell your local electric company if someone in your home needs power for medical devices. They will make your home a priority
  • Install battery-powered or battery back-up carbon monoxide detectors.

SERVPRO of Beckley is independently owned and operated. 

Evacuation when Medical Supplies Are Needed for your Well-being in Beckley

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Damage & Evacuation in Beckley.

Some of these items can be kept in a waterproof container (your emergency kit). Medications probably cannot, but you can have them ready to bring with you.

SERVPRO of Beckley suggests having these items prepared in the event you would need to evacuate your home in Beckley.

  • Copies of medical insurance & Medicare cards
  • Warm blankets
  • Extra clothing, especially socks & undergarments
  • Bottled water
  • Batteries for your electronic devices
  • Written contact list

Some people in Beckley will also need to consider the following:

  • Make sure that at least one other person can get your medications &  supplies
  • Have at least a week-long supply of prescription medicines
  • A list of all medications, dosages, and allergies
  • An extra pair of glasses or extra contact lenses 
  • Hearing-aid batteries 
  • Games & activities for children

If you have pets in Beckley, consider these items:

  • Pet food and toys 
  • Toys or comfort objects
  • Vet information

Some shelters will not or cannot allow pets. Ahead of an emergency, find out which ones will allow your 4-legged loved ones. All shelters allow service animals.  

SERVPRO of Beckley is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.fema.gov/ 

Rainstorm Flooding in Beckley?

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

The screen on a window is saturated by storm water, causing the street and trees outside to look blurry.  We restore storm damage in Beckley and many parts of Raleigh County.

It really pours in Beckley!

Beckley residents know a thing or two about rain. They should because Beckley, West Virginia averages 42 inches of rain each year, while the United States average is 38 inches per year! According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, winter temperatures will be much above normal, but there will be cold periods from late December into early January, and precipitation and snowfall will be below normal in most areas.

SERVPRO® of Beckley has been responding to storm damage emergencies in Beckley and other areas in Raleigh County for years and we have the advanced training, equipment, and experience to restore properties damaged by storms. Our technicians are on call 24 hours a day and can usually be on-site within four hours of your call.

Upon arrival, we will assess the damage and tarp and board up any windows and doors to prevent water from getting in. Then we will begin the cleanup and restoration process. We will extract the water and thoroughly dry the area. Once the area is completely dry, we will make any repairs to the structure and clean and deodorize the area, too!

Call Us Today!

Beckley residents and commercial business owners know they can count on SERVPRO® of Beckley to restore storm damage. We have a team of storm restoration technicians on call 24 hours a day to respond to any size property damage emergency. Call us today at 304-253-6633.

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

Prepare for a Winter Storm Beckley

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

ice hanging from rain gutters When storm damage strikes, trust SERVPRO of Beckley.

SERVPRO of Beckley has these tips to help prepare for a winter storm.

Winter Storms in Beckley can bring high winds, snow, and ice. A winter storm can knock out power, water, and communication. 

SERVPRO of Beckley wants you to be prepared. Winter storms can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. You can’t prevent a winter storm, but you can minimize storm damage.

  • Prepare by gathering emergency supplies. Supplies include warm clothes, extra blankets, flashlights, medicines, and food. Gather any items you will need if you lose power or communication
  • Develop a communication plan. Have phone numbers written down in case you cannot use your mobile phone
  • Know the winter storm terms. The National Weather Service (NWS) will report a(n):
    • ADVISORY when they expect that weather conditions might be hazardous. Be cautious, and the conditions should not be life-threatening 
    • WATCH when they predict heavy snow or ice, but cannot yet show when or which areas will be hit. NWS issues a WATCH 12 to 26 hours ahead of the predicted storm 
    • WARNING when they expect 4 or more inches of snow or sleet within 12 hours or they expect ¼ inch or more of ice. Keep warm and dry. Minimize driving. Stay indoors
  • Tell your local electric company if someone in your home needs power for medical devices. They will make your home a priority
  • Install battery-powered or battery back-up carbon monoxide detectors.

SERVPRO of Beckley is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1408633655071-32caae446efef4ab2f4fcccdb55f725c/PrepareAthon_WINTER%20STORMS_HTG_FINAL_508.pdf

Rain-Rain go away please come back another day

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Tile flooring covered in yellow mud Mud in Monroe County Church

A local church suffered a water loss caused by run off from an excavation site. An area above the church was being excavated and an unexpected rain storm hit one morning before the ground could be sloped and re-seeded properly. Without trees and other vegetation in place the topsoil was not shielded from the force of the rain and flowed rapidly and easily down the slope towards the facility.

As soon as the damage was noticed, SERVPRO of Beckley was contacted to begin mitigation. Numerous rooms including a kitchen and the gymnasium took several days to extract, dry, clean, and treat. Thankfully they received just the run-off of water and mud and no major damage to the exterior of the building that could have happened had a large landslide ensued.

Lightning Safety

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Photo showing that lightning travels the ground after it strikes a tree

Most all of us have known the lesson “STOP, DROP, and ROLL” if our clothing is on fire and the “TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN” to stop us from driving through high water.  Do you know the lesson for Thunder and Lightning?

WHEN THUNDER ROARS – GO INDOORS

Do not wait to go indoors until it rains as lightning may strike as far as 10 miles away from rainfall. You are in danger once you hear thunder.  Always take shelter in an enclosed building or hard-top automobile with all windows closed. Tractors, motorcycles, golf carts, or bicycles are NOT considered shelter.

Avoid the following once you are sheltered:

                Windows, Doors, Porches, Gazebos

                Concrete walls or floors

                Plumbing – do not wash your hands, bath or shower, wash dishes or laundry

                Corded phones, electrical cords or equipment, any device connected to an outlet

If you are caught outside crouch in the open field as far from trees as possible and do not hold any metal items such as fishing poles, golf clubs, umbrellas, tools, etc.

How are Hurricanes Named?

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season-June 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019

The World Meteorological Organization began a strict procedure in the naming of Hurricanes and tropical storms in 1953. Prior to this the storms were tracked by year and order but often storm advisories broadcast from radio stations were incorrect causing a lot of false rumors and confusion. NOAA states “Over time, it was learned that use of short, easily remembered names in written as well as spoken communication is quicker and reduces confusion when two or more tropical storms occur at the same time”.

Only female names were used from 1953 thru 1977 then male names were added to the list in 1978 and 1979. There are 6 list and the names are used on a six-year rotation, meaning the following 2019 names to identify storms will be used again in the 2025 season (unless they are retired from the list). 

2019 ATLANTIC TROPICAL (AND SUBTROPICAL) STORM NAMES:

Andrea

Humberto

Olga

Barry

Imelda

Pablo

Chantal

Jerry

Rebekah

Dorian

Karen

Sebasian

Erin

Lorenzo

Tanya

Fernand

Melissa

Van

Gabrielle

Nestor

Wendy

The Greek Alphabet (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and so on) will be used if more storms occur than names on the list.

Hurricane Season Awareness

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

The 2018 Hurricane season is from June 1, 2018 through November 30, 2018.

NASA states “Hurricanes are the most violent storms on Earth”. But should we track the path of Hurricanes, Tropical Storms/Depressions in Southern West Virginia?

Absolutely!

We may be hundreds of miles from the coast but when Hurricanes make landfall they can continue to spread extreme amounts of rain or high winds. These storms can bring torrential rains that can cause severe flooding (compared to wind & surge takes the most lives).  

High winds can topple trees and break branches causing damage to roofs and other property. Power poles/lines may fall causing fires, the possibility of electrocution, and blocking driveways and roads.

So stay alert during Hurricane Season, lives and properties can be saved by being prepared and ready to protect your family.

Click the link below to view what The Southern West Virginia Preparedness Partnership gives us for guidelines if hurricane watches or warnings are issued. 

http://wvprepared.org/beprepared/hurricanes

Athens, WV surprised by flood waters

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Department of Highways begins repair on one section of a road closed due to flooding in Athens WV

Athens, WV residents are concerned but not surprised to hear about flooding in towns positioned near our southern Rivers (Greenbrier, New, Bluestone, and the Guyandotte).  But Athens isn’t located on the banks of a river so they never expected their town and areas surrounding them to experience “flooding” in May 2018.

So much rain fell in such a short period of time the ground could not absorb the amount of water fast enough to prevent flooding.  A total of 4.53 inches fell and 3.5 inches of that happened in less than an hour.

Ground water filled many homes and businesses and several roads were closed. Mud, rock, and debris were scattered along the highways in addition to some pavement being totally washed away making travel impossible.  

Severe weather can happen ANYWHERE – flooding is not always near large bodies of water - this small town is a perfect example.

You may be the Lucky one after all

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Flood waters recede now the cleanup begins

The flood waters have receded and the water is extracted but the work is only about to begin. The floors have to be cleaned to get rid of mud, rocks, and other various debris.  Drywall may have to be removed along with furniture, kitchen cabinets, and other contents. Then the reconstruction will have to begin.  All of this process can be overwhelming.

When faced with these circumstances it is important that you constantly remind yourself that you are the lucky one.  Your home is still standing.  It wasn’t washed downstream or even off its foundation.  So often many people are not so lucky. They can’t find not only their belongings they may never find the remnants of their home.

By allowing SERVPRO of Beckley to assist you during times like this you will again see how lucky you are. Our TEAM is trained to get the job done quickly, accurately and to show you deep respect and compassion.    

Check Weather Forecast daily

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

WV Residents and Guest - This is the time of year to be prepared for flood events.

West Virginia residents expect winters in our state to bring several inches of snow and very frigid temperatures. What we often forget is how our summer season can bring large amounts of rain causing deadly floods.

11 of the deadliest floods in our state occurred in the following months. For more information:

http://pages.geo.wvu.edu/~skite/DeadliestFloodsInWestVirginiaHistoryDRAFT.pdf

                1 in February

                1 in November

                1 in September

                2 in June

                2 in August

                4 in July

July is here!

SERVPRO of Beckley wants to remind our residents and visitors to check weather forecast daily. Know the difference from a watch and a warning:

 “A flash flood watch means a flash flood is possible in the area, because conditions are more favorable than usual for its occurrence. ... A flash flood warning means a flash flood is imminent or occurring; take immediate action to protect life and property.”

Remembering the 1000 year flood

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

In this picture if you look at the American Flag you can see by the muddy water line just how high the water rose inside.

We are nearing the 2nd year anniversary of the June 2016 flood that swept through West Virginia resulting in 23 deaths.  Two years later as I reflect back on the jobs we did after the water receded I can’t help but think about Birch River Volunteer Fire Department.

Birch River Volunteers were busy taking care of their neighborhood as their own facility was filling up with flood water.  Once the water receded they continued helping families that were displaced by the storm. Taking care of others before even considering what needed to be done at their own building.  

We were contacted to perform remediation at the Fire Station. When our crew arrived they couldn’t believe the number of people from the area that came to assist in the recovery. We worked alongside total strangers to help get the Fire Station reopened to serve the community.

Snow, Ice, and Wind

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Snow - It’s Beautiful – But we are ready for a break in the Weather

March 2018 came in like a lion and continued to ROAR! Due to the winter storms and the extreme cold many in Beckley and surrounding areas are having to deal with power outages, hazardous road conditions, downed trees & poles, fire & water damages and the list goes on.

SERVPRO of Beckley has been busy with both commercial and residential properties. The majority of emergency services have been for water damage caused water line breaks.  A few fires have been reported and trees have fallen on roofs. Home owners and businesses have been faced with costly repairs not to mention getting back control of their lives.

I think we all agree that “Old Man Winter” needs to take a break so that our community can sit back and relax awhile – well until next winter anyway.

SPRING IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

Prevent seeing water disbursed all over your basement floor!

We want to give you a few tips before the impending spring rains hit Southern West Virginia.  As the temperatures climb and you just have to get outside to enjoy the warmer weather, make your first venture out a productive one.


Take a look at your Roof to see if you have any shingles missing or other damages the winter winds may have caused. Don’t forget to clean the Gutters while you are on the ladder.  How about those underground or exterior Drains?


The winter could have wreaked havoc on your Siding or the exterior Paint.  Because of the mountainous terrain most of us have basements so check for Cracks in the Block or Foundation.  Remember to check the Caulking around doors and windows.


If you have managed to survive the winter without water entering your House or Business, make it a point to keep them dry this spring and summer too.

The Power of Water - 2016 WV Flood

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

Water recedes but left behind mud and debris for removal

The power of water can be immense. 

On June 23, 2016 West Virginia witnessed this power. We experienced a destructive Flash Food brought on by over 9 inches of rain in a 12 to 18 hour period. This weather episode has been dubbed a "Once in a 1000 Year Flood" and an "Exceptional Meteorological" event.

44 of our 55 counties were placed under a State of Emergency because the normally tranquil rivers turning into violent water.

What did we experience?

  • Property Damage was enormous - Homes & Businesses damaged or disappeared.
  • Whole Towns inundated.
  • Multiple bridges and roads washed out shutting down over 60 roads.
  • Lives and Livelihoods destroyed.  

Most importantly we experienced:

  • People coming together to help out one another.
  • West Virginians did not sit around and wait for help, we put on our boots and gloves and started the clean-up process as soon as the water receded. 
  • We observed an outpouring of human kindness from total strangers.

As devastating as this event has been we hope that when people reflect back to this Storm, they remember the good experiences too.

 

 

 

Backed up Storm Drain in WV

4/12/2016 (Permalink)

APRIL showers bring MAY flowers .... and .... Backed up Storm Drains, Leaking Roofs, and Flooded Basements & Garages.

When spring and summer storms are producing inches of rain, keep a close watch on your residence and take time to check on your vacation homes and rental properties.  Water damage can lead to harmful mold, rot and may affect the health of your loved ones and decrease the value of your structures.

If you find “Clean” Water damage we have tips on what you can do until we arrive to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration. 

Storm Drain backups are an emergency and must be dealt with quickly. There may be viruses, bacteria, and microbes and should be handled by a professional. If you discover contaminated water SERVPRO of Beckley has Special training and equipment necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

http://www.SERVPRObeckley.com/

"Super" Derecho - June 2012

3/29/2016 (Permalink)

Derecho - A widespread and long-lived wind storm that accompanies rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms.

Until June 2012 many residents of WV had no idea what a "derecho" was. Believe me - now we know - The damage it caused and the aftermath that came with it.

Our State is not prone to Hurricanes or Tornados so we were in no way prepared for this severe summer storm. One thing we hope all of us learned is to keep an Emergency Supply Kit readily available - Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Below is a list of supplies we suggest:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day)

    Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)

    Manual can opener, Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries

    Flashlight and extra batteries

    First aid kit

    Whistle to signal for help

    Clothing

    Dust masks or bandanas

    Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape

    Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

    Local maps

    Hygiene items

    Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information

    Cash

    Fire extinguisher

    Matches in a waterproof container