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PHILADELPHIA, PA (March 1, 2018) – The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch and high wind watch for the Philadelphia region beginning Thursday evening through late Friday evening. Winter Storm Riley, an intense nor’easter, is slated to bring heavy rain, flooding, high winds and wet snow throughout the region, making for messy travel and raising concerns about flooding in homes. AAA urges motorists to exercise caution when traveling during the storm. AAA also urges both motorists and homeowners to understand what their auto and homeowners insurance coverage and claim process in the aftermath of a flood.
“Many motorists view rain storms as more of an inconvenience than a hazard,” said Jana L. Tidwell, manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “As a result, drivers tend to be less cautious than they should be. The most important steps to take when driving in wet weather are to buckle up, slow down, and keep a safe distance from the car in front of you.”
AAA: Safety Tips for Wet Weather Driving
“This storm has the potential to impact motorists and homeowners, in terms of flooding and insurance coverage,” said Tidwell. “No matter how often storms roll through the area, dealing with rain, wind, snow, and flooding can be a financial hardship that not everyone is prepared for. Understanding your insurance (auto and homeowners) coverage and claims process can save time and money if and when you really need it.”
AAA Tips on Auto Insurance Claims:
AAA Tips on Home Insurance Coverage
AAA Tips on Homeowners Insurance Claims:
The first step to recovery is inspecting your home for damage and then notifying your insurance company as soon as possible.
Prepare an inventory and take photographs of damaged property.
Store undamaged property in a protected place if possible.
If carpet is soaked, remove the carpet and the carpet pad. Keep a two-foot square piece for the claims adjuster.
Look for hazards such as broken or leaking gas lines, flooded electrical circuits, submerged furnaces or electrical appliances and damaged sewage systems.
Proceed with extreme caution as you inspect your basement. There may be hazards from electrical lines and heating units. If your basement has flooded, do not pump it out all at once. Remove about one-third of the water per day. The wet ground surrounding your basement may cause the floors to buckle and the walls to collapse.
Remove contaminated materials from the home. Be aware of exposure to mold.
Carpeting, mattresses and upholstered furniture should be disposed of or cleaned and disinfected by a professional cleaner.
Test drywall for moisture softness. If soft, cut holes at base to help dry out.
If possible run AC, dehumidifier and fans constantly.
Open cabinet doors and elevate furniture allowing air to circulate.
Save wet books or photo albums by putting them on edge in a frost free freezer.
Be present when the adjuster inspects your damage.
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