Recent Storm Damage Posts
Understanding Tropical Depressions
Officially, Hurricane season continues through November and we can sometimes see some decrease in storm frequency in the last 2 months. The problem is, a Hurricane is one of many threats we face living on the beautiful Gulf Coast. Even a large tropical storm that forms close to land can deliver punishing amounts of rainfall, similar to what we saw with Imelda, which was just a tropical depression.
You may ask: What is a tropical depression? A tropical depression is an area of low pressure accompanied by thunderstorms under the right conditions for a long enough time, it becomes a tropical depression. The atmospheric conditions create an organized center of circulation producing maximum sustained winds of 38 mph. If the depression’s circulation strengthens, producing maximum sustained winds of 39mph to 73 mph, then it will be upgraded to a tropical storm. A tropical storm causes stronger and more damaging wind gusts, heavier and more prolonged rain and flooding, as well as a higher storm surge. If the system further strengthens to 74mph or greater, it is then classified as a hurricane.
Although Tropical depressions are the weakest type of tropical cyclone, they can still potentially cause quite a bit of damage. Tropical depressions can still bring gusty winds, heavy rain, and possibly storm surges. The heavy rains are particularly worrisome for us here as once the ground saturates, it has nowhere to go and sometimes ends up intruding into our homes and businesses.
Our team of professionals at SERVPRO of Sugar Land is dedicated to helping you during a Natural Disaster such as a tropical depression. Give our team of trained professionals a call because our crew is ready for whatever happens. If you or anyone you know is experiencing flooding or storm related damages, give SERVPRO of Sugar Land a call at (281) 313- 1338.
September is National Preparedness Month
Hurricane season is still in play, use National Preparedness month to be prepared.
September is known as National Preparedness Month at SERVPRO of Sugar Land to help bring awareness to our local communities. This awareness event is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the 2019 theme is "Prepared, Not Scared". This program encourages everyone to take advantage of the information provided by FEMA because advanced planning is critical in dealing with and recovering from unexpected disasters, such as flooding and hurricanes.
Take this time to create a plan and know what to do in case of an emergency. Mother Nature has created multiple large disasters around the Sugar Land area. It is important to keep your emergency contact list up-to-date and have alternative communication methods set up in case traditional means are affected. If you would like more information about staying prepared, visit www.ready.gov/september. Expect the unexpected and remember it is never too early to be prepared. Keep in mind that disasters can strike when you least expect it. SERVPRO of Sugar Land is always prepared, to help make it "Like it never even happened."
Peak Hurricane Season
It is the peak of hurricane season. Although there has been very little hurricane activity, it never hurts to be prepared. Every business and residence should have a plan prepared just in case such an event was to happen. SERVPRO of Sugar Land is here to help you understand the different hurricane categories there are. Understanding the categories of a hurricane can help you be prepared:
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale rates a hurricane's intensity using wind speed and storm surge, which is the abnormal rise in sea level accompanying a hurricane or other intense storm. The scale also estimates the potential damage and flooding expected along the coast from a hurricane landfall.
Sustained winds of 74-85 mph. Dangerous winds occur and may cause some damage. Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees along with some coastal road flooding and minor pier damage.
Winds of 96-110 mph. Extremely dangerous winds and will cause extensive damage. Roofing, door and window damage to buildings; Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees, mobile homes, poorly constructed signs, and piers.
Devastating damage will occur. Winds of 111-129 mph. Structural damage to small residences and utility buildings; foliage is blown off trees and large trees blown down; mobile homes destroyed.
Catastrophic damage occurs. Sustained winds of 130 - 156 mph. Extensive damage to doors, windows and lower floors of shoreline houses; total roof failures on small residences; shrubs, trees, and all signs blown down; mobile homes completely destroyed.
Catastrophic damage occurs. Winds of 157 mph or higher. Complete roof failure on many buildings and some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away; severe and extensive window and door damage; mobile homes completely destroyed.
Heavy Rains hit Sugar Land Texas
A severe thunderstorm recently left Sugar Land and the surrounding areas anxious with the amount of water left behind. Roads were flooded, roofs and trees were struck by lightning, and some homes were affected by this storm. SERVPRO of Sugar Land was prepared to help the homes and business affected by the storms. Our team came back to the office during after-hours to help our community with storm emergencies. Teams were rapidly dispatched to different homes and business.
SERVPRO of Sugar Land has specialized training and experiencein storm and flood damage restoration. Our teams have the knowledge and trained professionals to help our community restore their homes or business to its preloss conditions. No matter how unpredictable storms can be, SERVPRO of Sugar Land is always here to help. Give our team a call with your storm or flood damage needs (281) 313-1338.
Storms occur with sometimes, little to no warning, in which case can make it difficult to plan how to prepare. However, by creating a plan now can help you stay prepare now can help you get ready for any future storms that may be brewing this spring. Understanding what these definitions from the National Weather Service can help prep you on who to plan for your preparedness:
What is a Severe Thunderstorm?
A thunderstorm that produces a tornado, winds of at least 58 mph (50 knots), and/or hail at least ¾" in diameter. Structural wind damage may imply the occurrence of a severe thunderstorm. A thunderstorm wind equal to or greater than 40 mph (35 knots) and/or hail of at least ½" is defined as approaching severe.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch
This is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. The size of the watch can vary depending on the weather situation. They are usually issued for a duration of 4 to 8 hours. They are normally issued well in advance of the actual occurrence of severe weather. During the watch, people should review safety rules and be prepared to move a place of safety if threatening weather approaches.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning
This is issued when either a severe thunderstorm is indicated by the WSR-88D radar or a spotter reports a thunderstorm producing hail 3/4 inch or larger in diameter and/or winds equal or exceed 58 miles an hour; therefore, people in the affected area should seek safe shelter immediately. Severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes with little or no advance warning. Lightning frequency is not a criterion for issuing a severe thunderstorm warning. They are usually issued for a duration of one hour. They can be issued without a Severe Thunderstorm Watch being already in effect.
When storms hit Sugar Land, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States. Give SERVPRO of Sugar Land a call to help your storm damage needs (281) 313-1338!
Floods are the most common hazards in the United States. Whether you live and work on a coastline, along with city streets, in a basin, near a river or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage.
What FEMA suggests you can do now:
- Have qualified professionals to evaluate the furnace, water heater and electric panel if susceptible
- Install “check valves” in sewer traps a prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home
- Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage.
What FEMA suggests when a flood is imminent:
- Move essential or unreplaceable items to an upper floor, when possible
- Turn off utilities at the main switches if instructed to do so
- Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water
If a flood does strike your business or home, give SERVPRO of Sugar Land a call. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming and daunting task. SERVPRO of Sugar Land has the tools and equipment to help you during a traumatic time.
Source: Floodsmart.gov and fema.gov
2018 National Preparedness Month
September is known as National Preparedness Month at SERVPRO of Sugar Land to help bring awareness to our local communities. This awareness event is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the theme this year is "Don't wait, communicate". This program encourages everyone to take advantage of the information provided by FEMA because advanced planning is critical in dealing with and recovering from unexpected disasters.
Now is the perfect time to make a plan and know what to do in case of an emergency. Mother Nature has created multiple large disasters around the Houston area this year. It is important to keep your emergency contact list up-to-date and have alternative communication methods set up in case traditional means are affected. If you would like more information about staying prepared, visit www.ready.gov/september. It is never too early to be prepared. Remember disasters strike when you least expect it. SERVPRO of Sugar Land is always prepared, to help make it "Like it never even happened."
One Year After Hurricane Harvey
Most Texans remember August 25th, 2017. This date marked the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, the category 4 hurricane that deeply affected the great state of Texas one year ago. Hurricane Harvey dumped around 50 inches of rain in parts of the Houston area, flooding thousands of homes and killing more than 80 people. The devastation was swift, and the recovery is far from over. SERVPRO of Sugar Land was proud to come to the aid of the people whose homes were damaged by the hurricane. The water damage was catastrophic. The professionals at SERVPRO of Sugar Land worked very hard, especially during that hurricane. Our team is dedicated and will always be here for you during any a storm...faster to any disaster to help you through when disaster strikes!
What is a Hurricane?
What is a hurricane? A hurricane is a massive tropical cyclone or low-pressure system that generally forms in the tropics with winds exceeding 74 miles per hour. Typically accompanied by heavy thunderstorms according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). They can cause threatening storm surges, violent winds, and heavy rain storms. Because we are located near the coast, it is that much more important for us to be prepared for a catastrophic event like this to happen. Although there may not be many hurricanes brewing this season, it never hurts to be prepared for a destructive event like this. Below are a few basic important tips to prepare for hurricane season. First, make a family emergency plan. It never hurts to be over prepared for disastrous situations.
- In case of an emergency evacuation, know where to go. Have a plan on what route to take and where to stay.
- As mentioned in our last newsletter, have a basic emergency kit together in case a hurricane were to strike. Here is a simple list of supplies to have, but is not limited to the following: water, non-perishable foods, a flashlight, extra batteries, cash, a first aid kit.
- Stay informed, connect with your community through email or text notifications for any emergency alerts or keep a battery-powered radio handy.
- If you decide not to evacuate your home, prepare your home to have adequate supplies that will last you for several days.
Be aware, hurricanes are usually followed by a tropical storm of heavy rain that can cause flood damage. For more information about staying prepared during a natural disaster visit: https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes
When Storms or Floods hit Sugar Land, SERVPRO of Sugar Land is ready!
SERVPRO of Sugar Land specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Sugar Land, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (281) 313-1338
Tornado Watch Versus Tornado Warning
A tornado WATCH means a tornado is possible in your area.
- Listen to local radio and TV stations for further updates.
- Stay away from windows
- Prepare a small disaster kit if there has not been one made
- Keep pets inside
- Bring patio furniture and outside items into a garage or inside storage area if time and weather permit
- Be alert to changing weather conditions. Blowing debris or sound of alert you; tornadoes reportedly sound similar to freight train.
A tornado WARNING means a tornado has been sighted and may be headed for your area.
- Seek safe shelter immediately if you are inside; go to a safe place located on the lowest floor and on the interior side of the building with little or no windows or glass. Take your disaster preparation kit.
- If you are outside, seek shelter in a sturdy building
- If you are in a car, mobile home, or portable building and head out to safety
- If you are driving avoid bridges or overpasses and pull over if debris is flying (with your engine running and your head down and covered) drive to nearest shelter when possible
Spring Safety Facts and Myths about Lightning
Every year, SERVPRO of Sugar Land answers the call to help clean up and restore homes and businesses after spring storms have taken their toll. After all, SERVPRO of Sugar Land is always here in helping make disasters “Like it never even happened.” when your property suffers from storm damage. So leave the restoration remediation of your home and business to our team. Consider the following to protect your property:
Myth: If it is not raining, then there is no danger from lighting.
Fact: Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far as 10 miles away from rainfall.
Myth: Rubber soles of shoes or rubber tires on a car protect you from being struck
Fact: Rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide no protection from lightning. The steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not toughing metal. Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
Myth: “Heat lightning” occurs after very hot summer days and poses no threat.
Fact: “Heat lightning” is a team used to describe lightning from a thunderstorm too far away for thunder to be heard.
SERVPRO of Sugar Land is dedicated to help you! Do not hesitate to give our experts a call when disaster strikes! (281) 313-1338.
Does this seem like the wettest winter in Sugar Land? Temperatures are lower, more rain has fallen, and heavier winds have over taken Sugar Land. If we recall correctly, it has been a long time since we’ve seen these kinds of weather patterns. While we have no control over the weather, we do have the opportunity to keep the weather from affecting our homes or business. To help prevent weather related damages from hurting your home or business, apply some of the following to tips to protect your property:
- Keep gutters clear of leaves, sticks and other debris to help ensure it can drain properly. Make sure downspouts direct water away from the home or business
- Wrap water pipes in your crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to slow heat transfer and prevent freezing
- If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you're not using it
- Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces
Give SERVPRO of Sugar Land a call if you have any additional questions. Our team is always here to help when disaster strikes!
Harvey Strengthens to a Hurricane
STORM ALERT: Tropical storm Harvey is now a hurricane. It is forecast to be a category 3 when it hits land fall. Take action and be prepared! Know what to do in case of an emergency, create a kit, construct an emergency plan for you and your family and be sure to stay informed. Below is a list of basic supplies just in case disaster may strike:
- One gallon of water per person
- Food, at least a three day supply of non-perishable foods
- First Aid Kit
- Flash Light
- Whistle to signal for help
- Battery operated radio
- Cell phones
Additional emergency supplies:
- Prescription medicine
- Pet food
- Local maps
- Important documents
- Emergency references
- Blankets and/or sleeping bags
Our team of professionals is "ready for whatever happens". Give SERVPRO of Sugar Land a call (281) 313-1338 if you experience flooding or storm related damages.
As we move into the heart of hurricane season, we all need to be mindful that August and September are the busiest months for both Tropical Storms and Hurricanes. Even with a slow start to the season, Mother Nature can change her mind very abruptly! How are you prepared for a hurricane? What about what comes after a hurricane? It is common to see a storm with heavy down pours of rain causing flooding in the most protected neighborhoods. Do you know what to do during a flood? SERVPRO of Sugar Land has a few tips for you to follow in case an event was to happen:
- Be prepared, create an evacuation plan
- Learn and identify different evacuation routes to be able to evacuate quickly
- If public transportation is relied on, contact the local emergency management for evacuation information
- Turn Around, Don't Drown! ® Moving water above two feet can knock you down; one foot of water can move vehicles away
- Move to higher ground if there is a chance of flash flooding
- Driving during high rain falls can be extremely dangerous. Stay update by checking service announcements through the National Weather Service.
For more information about flooding, visit https://www.ready.gov/floods. Be proactive and create an evacuation plan to keep safe. It is very important to stay up date when it comes to natural disasters. SERVPRO of Sugar Land values our community; we are here to help when disaster strikes!
Hurricane Season is Approaching
Hurricane season is coming quick, do you know when hurricane season officially begins? If you answered June 1st, you are correct! Hurricanes are unpredictable, which makes it hard to be prepared for one. Regardless, every business and residence should have an updated hurricane preparedness plan in place just in case a disastrous event were to take place. These plans should include having a clear plan of knowing what to do before the storm hits and who to contact after a hurricane strikes. SERVPRO of Sugar Land should be part of your emergency contacts. Our team is ready with the proper equipment and trained professionals to restore the aftermath caused by the storm. Remember to give SERVPRO of Sugar Land a call - (281) 313-1338. We are always here to help!
Louisiana bound to help victims affected by the flood.
Storms occur with sometimes, little to no warning, in which case can make it difficult to plan how to prepare. Recently, more than 7 trillion gallons of rain fell over the Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas of Louisiana over an 8 day period. This flooding affected more than 40,000 homes, leaving over 30,000 people homeless.
SERVPRO is nationally known for having the expertise and the resources prepared for any size mishap and can respond instantly when disasters strikes. As the 2014 SERVPRO Top Storm Team, our offices assembled a storm team of knowledgeable professionals, loaded up trucks with equipment and drove off to Louisiana to help victims recover from the flood. NO matter how unpredictable the storms are, SERVPRO of Sugar Land and SERVPRO of Victoria is prepared, to help make it "Like it never even happened".
SERVPRO of Sugar Land Storm Team Helps Bryan / College Station Area
SERVPRO of Sugar Land Storm Team in action helping those affected by the tornado in Bryan/ College Station, TX.
Throughout the state of Texas, it has received a record breaking amount of rain. The Brazos River has crested over its banks and flooded into homes. On May 26, 2016 Bryan, Texas was hammered by a twister. Luckily there were no reports of injuries recorded around the area. However, the tornado caused major destruction in the area to many homes and local stores. While the Bryan/ College Station area was in a state of disaster, SERVPRO of Sugar Land came to help aid the town at the time. Our SERVPRO of Sugar Land Storm Team was on site helping residents that were greatly affected get their homes and lives pieced back together. In times like these, we are happy that we are able to help those in need during this traumatic times. We are working to make sure "Like it never even happened."