Recent Storm Damage Posts
You Can Count On SERVPRO When Dealing With Flood Damage To Your Camarillo Home
High winds and torrential rainfall can be a lethal combination for the construction materials on the outside of your home.
Storms Can Allow Flooding In Your Camarillo Residence
Many Camarillo homeowners are familiar with the severe weather systems that can affect the area with minimal warning. What is more alarming that even this potential problem, is the effects that these severe systems can have on the homes throughout the region. High winds and torrential rainfall can be a lethal combination for the construction materials on the outside of your home, tearing off siding, breaking windows, damaging roofs, and even uprooting trees.
For all of these potential storm effects that could result, many Camarillo homeowners have taken to prepare for the persistent threat of flood damages. Any compromise in the exterior defenses of your home can allow for high volumes of runoff water and the rainfall to enter directly into the residence, spreading quickly throughout adjoined spaces. Fast reaction on your part to contact our SERVPRO emergency response team can help limit the damage that this situation can cause and ultimately help the restoration take less time.
From the moment that our emergency response team arrives at your home, our mission is to determine where the water can enter your home and to seal up this area as best as we can. While these measures are often little more than a bandage for the primary problem, boarding and tarping overexposed areas can prevent more water from entering your home until the damaged area can get rebuilt.
Our SERVPRO team can begin our restoration work following the repairs getting done. In the meantime, we can help in areas like extraction and other mitigation techniques to prevent the issue from getting any worse than it has already become. Once your home is secured again, our restoration can help you to dry out the affected areas completely and to resolve any secondary effects that could have occurred as well.
It is always our intention to minimize our effect on your life, and that comes with offering services 24/7 and working to make our restoration process as efficient as possible. You can depend on our SERVPRO of Camarillo emergency response team to help mitigate your loss when you face a flood, and take all of the necessary steps to return your property to preloss condition. Give SERVPRO a call anytime that you need us at (805) 484-5009.
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A Comprehensive Look At Flood Damages In Your Camarillo Home
Flood damages might seem straightforward in the way that water penetrates into your home, but it is rarely as simple as that.
A Comprehensive Look At Flood Damage
Natural disasters might not be all that uncommon to Camarillo residents, but surprisingly, many still do not fully know what to expect in certain emergency situations. In instances of widespread flooding, many houses could get affected simultaneously around you, leaving you and many of your neighbors learning firsthand what a destructive force rising water can be.
Flood damages might seem straightforward in the way that water penetrates into your Camarillo home, but it is rarely as simple as that. While the rising waters throughout the lower levels of your home might prove challenging enough to overcome to even experienced professional restoration outfits like our SERVPRO technicians, many other effects and considerations make restoring flood damages a significant challenge for even highly trained individuals.
One of the initial things that you have to consider when you contend with water rushing into your home from the outside is the source. While in many cases rising bodies of water like creeks and streams can attribute to flooding in lower lying areas, you might also deal with situations like flash flooding and runoff through hazardous areas. The first of these scenarios often brings considerable mud and debris into your home along with the water, requiring extensive cleaning of carpets and materials once water has gotten extracted and the area dried.
Contaminants are rarely something that you can instantly see, but they can adversely affect your family working to clean up the areas of your home affected by the flooding on their own. Our SERVPRO team gets trained to identify potentially hazardous conditions like these to ensure that the right precautions get taken throughout the restoration process and that your home is contaminant-free once these steps complete.
Few things could occur to your house that is more destructive than a flood could be. With often little warning to prepare for this situation, the best thing that you can do is to have a plan in place to restore the damage if it ever affects you directly. Trust our SERVPRO of Camarillo rapid response team to arrive quickly and work efficiently to restore your home. You can reach our emergency team anytime at (805) 484-5009.
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Evacuations issued as largest storm of season heads toward Ventura County, Thomas Fire area
Authorities issued evacuations for communities throughout the Thomas Fire burn scar as what could be the biggest storm of the season heads toward Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
The storm is expected to reach Ventura County on Tuesday afternoon or evening.
The forecast calls for heavy rain Wednesday and Thursday. The worst of the it seemed headed toward Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, where the recent Thomas Fireburned 440 square miles.
The blaze left miles of scorched and bare hillsides vulnerable to debris flows and flooding.
“These are the areas we know already are very vulnerable during intense precipitation,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA. “But this also, unfortunately, happens to be the region that looks like it will be hardest hit by this storm.”"
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Big rain coming! Check out these tips from VCFD
TIPS: READY FOR RAIN
In anticipation of the forecasted rainy weather, Ventura County public safety agencies are encouraging people to prepare.
Residents living in, and around Thomas Fire burn areas or near flood-prone areas, need to prepare for this storm as well as the rest of the rainy season. Plan ahead by signing up to receive mobile emergency text alerts at www.VCAlert.org and taking the following additional steps:
- Sign-up to receive “VC Alert” mobile messages by contacting VC Alert Hotline at (805) 648-9283 or visiting www.vcalert.org. Subscribers will receive emergency notifications such as evacuation notices specific to their neighborhood.
- Make a supply kit for your home and car - flashlight, water, food, personal medical supplies, filled prescriptions and a charged smartphone with internet access in case local roads are temporarily closed.
- Download a “Ready, Set, Go!” flood preparation plan and follow its guidance. For information inEspañol, click here.
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The Worst 5 Things You Can Do When Threatened By Mudslides
Recently, Southern California has been being hit by a spate of deadly mudslides. Video available online shows rivers of mud careening down streets, carrying cars along in the flow. Twenty people have been confirmed killed and 28 injured, with 8 more people unaccounted for at the time of this writing.
While not on the top of most people’s disaster risk checklist, mudslides are extremely dangerous. We can see that by looking at what is happening in California. But as mudslides go, these have been rather minor. In 2010, a mudslide swallowed an entire town of 300 homes in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, as people slept in their beds.
Rescue efforts were hampered by damage to the roads, which had to be cleared before workers could get to the town.
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Water Damage Restoration Tips Hurricane Victims Often Miss
In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, many homeowners are struggling to get up to speed on water damage restoration—the process it takes to repair a home that's endured a flood or other water-related problems.
Even at the minor level of a leaky roof or burst pipe, water damage can easily hit homeowners with bills amounting to several thousand dollars—and with a hurricane, that number can skyrocket. All told, estimates from AccuWeather put the damage from Irma at more than $100 billion, and Harvey at $190 billion, which makes summer 2017 the costliest weather disaster season in U.S. history.
The good news: Water damage restoration is typically covered by insurance—be it flood insurance or a basic homeowners policy. According to the Insurance Information Institute, water damage makes up about 20% of all insurance claims in the U.S.
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Storm-lashed roads, dams could cost $1B to fix
"FRESNO - The bill to repair California's crumbling roads, dams and other critical infrastructure hammered by an onslaught of storms this winter could top $1 billion, including nearly $600 million alone for damaged roadways that more than doubles what the state budgeted for road repair emergencies, officials said Friday.
Adding to the problems, many communities have drained their emergency budgets and are looking to the state and federal government for help. But on top of the latest damage, the nation's most populated state is struggling with a $6 billion annual backlog of repairs for roads, highways and bridges that leaders can't agree on a way to fund.
Winter storms have dumped enough rain and snow on the northern part of the state to end a five-year drought. But with the wet weather, comes a host of problems for crumbling infrastructure"
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More rain coming for Camarillo
"Two separate storm systems will hit Ventura County on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
The first storm began overnight and is expected to last through Monday afternoon, said Carol Smith, a meteorologist with the weather service in Oxnard. The second storm will begin Monday evening and continue with scattered showers through Tuesday.
According to Smith, the first storm will bring half an inch to an inch of rainfall to coastal plains and valleys, and an inch to 1.5 inches to the mountains. Snow levels are expected to stay above 7,500 feet due to higher temperatures, she said.
The weather service estimates the second storm will bring about a quarter of an inch of rainfall by Wednesday morning, bringing a total of three-quarters of an inch to 1.75 inches over the next few days."
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Camarillo coping with huge weekend storm
The third in a series of storms to hit the county caused flooding and road closures, stranded motorists and prompted a voluntary evacuation order for Camarillo Springs Sunday morning.
The rain, which tapered off by Sunday evening, was forecast to continue into Monday night with a chance of thunderstorms, according to Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.
On Sunday morning, a total of 161 homes in Camarillo Spring's Divisions A, B, C and D were placed on a voluntary evacuation order by officials from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services, but it was lifted by 4:30 p.m.
While Sunday's non-stop heavy downpour left a couple motorists stranded, there was no significant debris or mudflow at the Camarillo Springs neighborhood, said Kevin McGowan, county Sheriff's OES manager."
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