Recent Storm Damage Posts
Hurricane Season Awareness
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?
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.
Athens, WV surprised by flood waters
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
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
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:
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
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
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
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
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
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.
"Super" Derecho - June 2012
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
Dust masks or bandanas
Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
Matches in a waterproof container