{Be in the know! What should you do if a flood hits your area?|Know what to do if a flood hits!|Flooding occurs more than any other natural disaster in America!}

{Already|So far} this summer, {areas|regions|parts} of the {United States|U.S.} have {encountered|received} record setting rainfall causing {floods|flooding} to streets, commercial {properties|buildings} and {residential houses|homes}. Check out this flooding video on Weather.com in {Southern California|the south of California} {this past|over the} weekend! Have you {reflected on|thought about} what you would do if {a flood|flooding} {happened|occurred} in your {region|community|area}? Whether you’re {in|driving} a car or are inside your {home|house} or {office|workplace}, {being in the know|knowing what to do} if a flood hits {might|may} {assist you in avoiding|help you avoid} damage and {keep you safe|protect you} from harm.
If there is {a lot|excess} water on the {road|street}:

  • If you lose {traction in your tires|tire traction}, {remove|take} your foot off the accelerator until you are {able to steer|capable of steering} the car again. {Do not|Never} brake!
  • If your car {goes into a fishtail spin|fishtails}, {let|ease} off the {accelerator|gas} slowly. {Never|Do not} brake unless your foot is already {braking|on the brake} then {remove it|lift it off} slowly. Steer into the opposite direction {towards the skid|you are fishtailing}.
  • {Never drive|Avoid driving} through a {roadway that’s been flooded|flooded roadway}, no matter how shallow you think the water {seems|looks}. {There is no way to|You cannot} predict how deep the water {is|may be}.
  • To {avoid|prevent} {an auto|a car} accident, {leave|keep} extra space between you and the car in front of you in case a driver brakes {fast|quickly}. While {going|averaging} 64 {miles per hour|mph}, one vehicle’s distance to a {full|complete} stop is {about|approximately} 304 {ft.|feet}, or the length of an entire football field.
  • {Check|Look at} your tire pressure once {a|per} month. {Tires inflated properly|Inflated tires} can save money with {increased|better} gas mileage and help {avoid|prevent} {auto accidents|crashes} caused by {deflated|failed} tires.

If there is {a flood|excess water|flooding} inside your home or office:

  • Follow evacuation {guidelines|protocol} and call 911 if you {encounter|experience} any danger
  • {Attempt|Try} to secure your home {prior to|before} evacuating if it’s safe to do so
  • Use at-home sandbags and towels {inside of|in} pipes
  • {Call|Contact} your insurance company
  • Call Paul!

Water damage restoration services provided by Paul Davis:

  • 24/7 emergency services
  • Water damage assessment, water extraction and removal
  • Drying out affected areas of your home (including walls, carpet/padding, furniture)
  • Cleaning and restoration of personal possessions (clothes, linens, books, documents, etc.)
  • Mold and mildew remediation
  • Locate and repair source of leaking water
  • Insurance claim assistance

References: Weather.com | Smartmotorists.com | Driversedguru.com