The great floods of June 2008 ravaged the Midwest, destroying thousands of homes and businesses. Many homes are still under water, and many residents are still homeless.
FEMA employee Jim Segar has been reporting on the damage for The Barre Montpelier Times Argus. On July 7, Segar wrote, “There are 1.5 million people affected in Illinois with 18 counties declared disaster areas by FEMA. This region received over 10 inches of rain in less than 24 hours. Many homes in the northern section of Illinois are still under water.
“The people in the rural areas were affected the most with several feet of water in their homes. Many low-lying houses had, or have, five feet of water in the basements and damage to the foundations by the rushing waters. In the pictures I’ve seen, the water comes in the front doors and windows and leaves out the back door, carrying the contents of the home away.”
If your home or business is ever flooded, contact a water damage restoration company as soon as possible. The faster you act, the less damage your home will experience (and the more money you’ll save).
Flood damage repair experts assess the damage and help people decide if furniture and other items should be removed from the home. They also assist in reporting the damage to insurance companies.
After the assessment, these companies dry out homes using powerful water extractors, fans, dehumidifiers, and air purifiers. Most of these companies also specialize in mold remediation. (It only takes 24 to 48 hours for mold to begin to grow in flooded homes.)