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Jan
22

Will Georgia Ever Be The Same Again?

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When the massive flood that hit Georgia struck, a lot of people were put into a terrible situation. Not only were people’s homes and businesses wrecked because of the flood, but their lives were wrecked in a lot of cases as well. Many people wondered if the state of Georgia would ever resume to what it once was, but the truth is that the people there are very strong individuals who have been working hard to recover from this natural tragedy. Read the rest of this entry »

When flooding waters creep through neighborhoods, you can expect damage. The damage from the 2009 flood in Georgia resulted in 500 million of destroyed homes, businesses and lives. The flood was part of a group of floods that started in Mississippi and Alabama and trickled down to Georgia. The worst damage was in Atlanta. Over 20,000 homes and other buildings were destroyed. At least 10 people died in the flood waters. How could the damage get this bad in a state that Read the rest of this entry »

Jan
22

Going Home After Disaster

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Going home after a major disaster is always somewhat heartbreaking for a homeowner. Often, you do not have enough notice to totally save all your possessions and property before you must leave. Unfortunately, most houses do not make it through a flood without thousands of dollars in damage, at the least. The 2009 Georgia flood caused over an estimated $500 million in damages between 20,000 homes and businesses, for an average of $25,000 each.

Upon returning home to your flood-damaged home, there are two things you need to keep in mind: depending on the extent and length of flooding, you may have compromised floors, and that the flooding has probably caused growth of germs and molds. If you know for a fact the floods were severe, you should have a building inspector or other official inspect your home before you step into it. You may also need to repair systems such as your electrical system. This would be a great time to think about switching energy providers to save money on home energy costs. Searching a website of suppliers in your area would be a great start to your search.

If deemed habitable, your home will need to be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized to prevent illnesses caused by bacteria and spores left behind by flood waters. Flood waters are usually filled with sewage, chemicals, and decomposing bodies of unfortunate creatures. This is generally done by using a 10:1 solution of water and bleach to sanitize non-porous surfaces. Porous surfaces such as carpeting and drywall will need to be replaced, thanks to the microbial organisms that could be lurking inside. This also rings true for furniture and inside your home’s walls. If water can get into it, you will need to replace it. Hiring a specialized contractor experienced with flood repairs may be the best idea to fix your home.

Be sure to choose the most flood-resistant building materials you possibly can if you live in a flood-prone area. As a preventative measure against future floods, be sure to keep all important documents in waterproof container. If you live in a high-flood zone, it may be the best idea to put your home on stilts or leave the bottom story mostly empty. Some people choose to use non-porous furniture on the bottom floor, although using stilts may save you from experiencing structural damage. In all, it is up to your personal preference and taste.

Jan
22

Why Were So Many Lives Sadly Lost?

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Floods are caused when there is an overflow of water that covers the land. In 2009, there was flooding in several of the Southeastern states. These states were Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. The Georgia area was the worst hit. These areas were unable to deal with the continuous rain and moisture. This resulted in flooding when the local watersheds could not handle the runoff. The flash floods occurred when the rain fell quickly and there was nowhere for it to go. The flooding proved to be Read the rest of this entry »

Preparing for a disaster is one of the best things that you can do. The reason is because when a disaster strikes, it is at that point that it is too late to prepare. You have to go along with whatever happens. However, if you take the time to prepare, then you will be able to influence the story of your life played in the disaster to some degree, and you could save your life and your family’s life.

Work out a plan

In order to begin, one of the things that you can Read the rest of this entry »

1. Had an escape route planned ahead of time.

Many people lost their lives just because they had not planned how to get out before the storms hit. Once the storms were going on it was too late to make survival plans.

2. Had survival packets made up and ready to go.

Having clean water, dried food, first aid supplies and dry clothing packed up in a water-resistant box can make all the difference.

3. Had a call list of people to call to check on in an Read the rest of this entry »

If you were impacted by the heavy rains and ensuing floods that blanketed, then ravaged Georgia and communities across the southeastern United States in 2009, you’re not alone. Thousands of Georgians were forced from their homes, returning to find that Mother Nature was a force with whom to be reckoned.

The floods were widespread: the federal government would eventually declare 17 Georgia counties as disaster areas. Damage estimates eventually topped 500 billion across at least 20,000 homes. Ten deaths are Read the rest of this entry »

Jan
22

Can You Believe How That Happened?

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On September 15, 2009 it began to rain, and parts of Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi was about to change forever. That day, the rainfall at the Airport was recorded at three inches in the 24 hour period. Over the next seven days of continuous rain, over 20,000 homes were affected with water damage, and some had risen to five feet in homes and buildings. The flooding was historic, and rivers of rushing waters went up to 20 mph, with 10 deaths were attributed to this disaster.

This flooding of five states reached levels of flooding Read the rest of this entry »