The Dangers of the Rain
Old sayings get to be old saying for a reason. “April Showers Bring May Flowers” is a classic example. In most areas, April is the month where mother nature typically decides that every other day requires a rainstorm. Unfortunately for those in her path, excessive rainfall can be not only dangerous but also can cause massive damage to your property. And if you’re unaware of the risks you could find yourself in a dangerous situation. The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has a list of hazards to keep your eye out for during the rainy season;
- Flooding can wash away outdoor furniture and plants
- Standing water will weaken and damage foundations
- Too much water can weaken the soil and cause landslides
- Deep puddles on the roads can cause cars to stall if they get caught
- Animals kept outside can stand in standing water and end up with irritated skin
- Excessive rain can overflow the sewers, causing backups and leaks
- Kids outside in cold rain for extended periods of time can catch illnesses much easier
Rain can bring much-needed water to a dry spell or cool down a hot day. And it can be a lot of fun to play in sometimes. But it’s important to remember that just like any other type of weather, too much can be hazardous. And if we’re not careful we could end up in some deep trouble. So stay safe this April and look forward to those May flowers.
As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.