Recent Storm Damage Posts

Flood Zone Risks

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

Flood Map MN Flood Map MN

Flood Zone Risks

If you’re in the process of buying a house in Mankato or Owatonna, MN or you’re looking for a new home owners insurance policy, you might be familiar with what a flood zone is. If you don’t know what they are, you might want to start reading up on them.

Zoning for Floods?

A flood zone is an area in a specific geographical space that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has determined has at least some risk of flooding. There are four primary types of zones, which correlate to the severity or category of excessive water events that can occur in that area.

  • Moderate to Low Risk Areas
  • High Risk Areas
  • High Risk – Coastal Areas
  • Undetermined Risk Areas

How to Find Your Zone

Each area’s zones are depicted on a community's Flood Insurance Rate Map, also known as FIRM, which can be found online at https://www.fema.gov/flood-insurance-rate-map-firm. You can also contact your local municipality or look on their website, most cities will have zoning information available online. You can try searching for the term “flood elevation certificate” for faster results.

Some people may think that these zones can only be found next to a large body of water or along a river or stream, but that’s not the case. Houses that are nowhere near a body of water can experience a flood if there’s a large rain storm.

Emergency Preparedness

Knowing what kind of flood zone you live in can also be helpful for storage options and emergency preparedness. If you live in a high-risk zone, for example, you probably don’t want to put boxes directly on the floor, and you might want to increase the number of your emergency supplies. Also, it is important to know your flooding coverage to understand make sure to ask when creating your storm damage insurance claim. Preparedness means knowing all the facts.

If you weren’t aware that your home is potentially at risk for a flood, and a storm causes water related damage, you should contact a storm damage specialist in your area to determine your best course of action and get the damage repaired as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is here to help through your storm damage claim, call 507-200-3700.

What to do After a Storm

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

Once a large storm has passed, it is a good idea to check for damage to your property. Doing so immediately following a storm can help reduce damage that would have otherwise worsened over time. Keep safety in mind first and pay attention to any potential hazards such as broken glass, the smell of gas, and electrocution hazards. If it is safe to move around your property, consider photographing the damage for insurance purposes. Once you have identified and photographed all damaged areas, contact your insurance agent. If the storm was large enough to be considered a disaster area, you may want to look into federal disaster assistance. Go to disasterassistance.gov to see if your area has been declared for individual assistance.

For more tips on what to do after a storm has caused water damage, visit https://www.SERVPROmankatoowatonna.com/water-damage-tips

Have a storm damage emergency? Call 507-200-3700

We are proud to serve our local communities: Mankato, North Mankato, Eagle Lake, New Richland, Amboy, Owatonna, Waseca, Mapleton, Ellendale, Pemberton, and more.

Storm Sump Pump Failure

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

sump pump Basement Sump Pump

The job of a sump pump is to keep a basement from flooding. However, basements are most likely to flood during storms. Homeowners count on the silo pump to direct the water away from the foundation and from entering the basement. During a storm, power outages are common. This can cause the sump pump to be unable to do its job.

With a pump that is dormant and groundwater levels are rising, water will start to seep up into the basement. The water that comes into the house from this kind of failure will contain soft solids. This would be things such as mud, plant matter, or sand. With grey water there is bacteria present. 

If there is a power outage during a storm and your sump pump has failed, you would be unable to use a wet/dry vacuum to help mitigate the water damage. In this case, call a water removal specialist, SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna, are the experts in water extraction and drying. You may lay down towels and move any moisture-sensitive items such as furniture, antiques, documents, photos, draper, rugs or clothing. Water on these items for extended periods can cause damage and mold growth in as little as 48 hours.

It is important to make sure you have an adequately sized pump and a properly installed battery or gas generator back up. If you find yourself with water damage from sump pump failure during a storm power outage, call on SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna at 507-200-3700 to help you get your basement back. 

Link: https://www.ajperri.com/blog/what-to-do-if-your-sump-pump-quits-during-a-storm

Le Center, MN Storms and Record Rainfall

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

Fleet on Duty at Storm Event SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna Fleet on Scene at Storm Response in Le Center, MN

Over 18 hours of thunderstorms led to heavy rains and scattered flash-flooding across southern Minnesota on June 29th, 2020. 

Thunderstorms began developing around 3 PM slowly expanding and increasing in intensity through the afternoon. Thunderstorms also developed along the warm front in southern Minnesota.

Brown and northern Watonwan Counties, northeastward through Mankato, Northfield, Cannon Falls, Red Wing, and the southeastern half of the Twin Cities area. Here, precipitation totals of 2-4 inches were common, with isolated areas receiving 5-8 inches of rain by Monday morning. 4.55 inches in St. Peter, 5.40 inches near Burnsville, 4.80 inches in Woodbury, 5.54 inches near Cannon Falls, and 6.13 inches between Hastings and Miesville. 

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna reported to a water loss in Le Center Minnesota during this storm. Le Center received over 2.5" of rain, and FAST. Once the green team of SERVPRO vehicles pulled up, the neighborhood noticed who was onsite to help. SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna ended up responding to SEVEN calls in one neighborhood, thanks to word of mouth, and those bright green trucks! Being able to help a community of neighbors all affected by disaster, is what makes us proud to be a part of the SERVPRO team.

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna is faster to any size disaster and is ready to help wherever, and whenever, they are needed. Call 507-200-3700 after a storm leaves you mopping up a mess, to have our professionals at your home or business fast. Think of SERVPRO during this storm season. This rainfall wasn't the first, and wont be the last!

Flash Flood Information

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding street Flooding in street from heavy rains

Overnight and morning storms have led to flash flooding in central Minnesota. Rain amounting to 4+ inches in the Mankato, North Mankato, St. Peter, Lake Crystal, Nicollet, Kasota,Courtland, Hanska, Cleveland, Judson, Oshawa, Skyline, and Mankato Airport and Searles areas.

What to do to during a flash flood:

  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
  • Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture. Move essential items to an upper floor.
  • Be aware of stream, drainage channels, rivers, ponds and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without typical warnings such as rain clouds or heavy rain.
  • If you must leave your home, remember these evacuation tips:
    • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you must walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
    • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly.
    • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers, or creeks, particularly during threatening conditions.

What to do until help arrives:

  • Remove as much excess water as possible b mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying,
  • remove to a safe dry place any paintings, art, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.

If a severe storm affects your home or business this year, SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is ready to respond immediately. Give us a call right away at 507-200-3700 so we can quickly begin water removal, remediation to prevent further damage, drying and cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna at 507-200-3700 for help.

Last-Minute Severe Storm Preparations

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

Storms across map When severe storms and tornadoes hit southern Minnesota, SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is here to help.

Preparation is key to keeping your family and your home safe during emergencies and disasters. However, if you have not yet prepared for an incoming severe storm or tornado, all hope is not lost. There are a few preparations you can still do a few hours before the storm hits. It is important to keep safety in mind first and stop preparations to find shelter as the storm approaches your area.

  1. Designate a safe room and make sure to place essential items inside. If you do not already have a designated safe room containing an emergency kit, make sure to at least grab food, water, a flashlight, and first aid supplies and head to a room without windows.
  2. Remove tree limbs and outdoor items. Even small items laying around in your yard can cause damage when traveling at high speeds. Bring everything inside that you can.
  3. Secure fences and outdoor furniture. Make sure the chance of flying furniture is at a minimum by tying down furniture and bringing in what you can.
  4. Check gutters. Make sure your downspouts are facing away from your home and clear your gutters of any debris.
  5. Protect valuables. Move valuable items such as a passport or insurance policy to a water-proof bag/container.

Make sure to also consider any specific needs your family has. It is also important to keep the entire household updated on the location of your safe room and any other emergency plans you have.

If a severe storm or tornado affects your home this year, SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is ready to respond immediately. Give us a call right away at 507-200-3700 so we can quickly begin board up and restoration services to prevent further damage and loss.

Emergency Board Up Services Can Help Save Your Home

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

Tree crashing into house Emergency Board Up Services after Storms in Mankato - SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna

Storms can bring extensive damage to your Mankato home. There may be damage to your roof, windows, doors, and more. When this happens, water, animals, and debris can easily enter your home and worsen the problem. Emergency board up services stop these things from continuing to enter the home. Our professional crews use approved board up techniques to minimize further damage and secure your property and protect the building from weather, animals, and illegal entry.

If a storm has affected your home, it is important to contact a professional and keep safety as your top concern. Falling trees, fire, high wind, and hailstorms often cause roof damage. Initial roof assessment should be completed from the ground as damage is not always visible. In the event of major roof damage, vacate the premises. While the roof is being inspected and repaired by a professional, tarping it will prevent secondary damage. SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna will provide emergency roof tarp placement to prevent further damage. When disaster strikes, our team is ready to respond immediately with your roof tarping, board up, and restoration needs.

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you'll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources.

Need Emergency Board Up Services?

Call Us Today 507-200-3700

Winter Storms, Frozen Pipes, & Ice Dams Cause Water Damage

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

Ice on pipe that is spraying water Water damage from frozen pipes in Mankato, MN

Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your Mankato, Owatonna, or Waseca property. Since water damage from frozen pipes and ice dams are a common occurrence here, SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is ready to restore your home or business 24/7 this winter.

Extreme cold weather like we see each year in Minnesota can cause pipes to freeze and burst. The water damage resulting from this can be extensive and severe. 

Ice dams can also cause extensive water damage by preventing water from draining off of your roof. The standing water can back up under shingles and leak into your home or business.

When winter weather wreaks havoc on your home, causing water damage or mold, SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is Here to Help. Our team has the resources and training to handle whatever winter storms and disasters affect our local community members. With a network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country, we have the capability to respond Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Storms Can Cause Sump Pump Failure in Mapleton, MN

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Three green fans on top of subflooring. Sump pump failure after storms can cause extensive water damage.

Sump pumps are a very useful tool in keeping water out of your basement and home. Unfortunately they can't always keep up, especially if proper maintenance hasn't been routinely kept up. When severe thunderstorms roll through Mapleton or Ellendale, the water they bring may cause sump pumps to fail, allowing water to enter your home and bring water damage and destruction along with it. 

In this home, a sump pump failure caused extensive water damage that extended into the subfloors. Many water damage situations include drying the carpet, but this home was in need of even more drying. After removing the carpet, the subfloor was dried using one of SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna's unique solutions. Every disaster is different, so every solution we provide is different, too.

Severe storms are one of the biggest reasons that sump pumps fail. If you are experiencing water damage after a storm, your sump pump may be the culprit. SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna can help with water damage and sump pump failure after storms in Mankato, North Mankato, Eagle Lake, New Richland, Amboy, Owatonna, Waseca, Mapleton, Ellendale, and Pemberton. Call us today at 507-200-3700 to find a unique solution for your unique disaster.

Finding Shelter During Severe Weather in Owatonna and Mankato

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Sign stating "Severe weather shelter area" with SERVPRO logo and cloud with lightening bolt Where can you find shelter in Mankato and Owatonna?

Severe weather such as thunderstorms, blizzards, and tornadoes can hit our area no matter where you are or what you're doing at that moment. You don't always find yourself in the safest possible area during severe storms. The radar may have started going off when you were in your car, at your workplace, or outside. No matter where you are when you find out what's headed your way, it is important to know what kind of shelter you can find at a moments notice. 

Finding shelter when you're in a vehicle: Being in a vehicle during severe weather is safer than being outside, but driving to a secure shelter nearby is a good idea if you have sufficient time. Look for bridges or other shelters you can park underneath.

Finding shelter when you're outside: If you get caught outside when a severe storm is approaching, it can easily cause panic. Your first instinct may be to take shelter under a tree, but this is not recommended. The tree may fall on you or put you at risk of getting struck by lightening. Look for a sturdy building (not a shed or storage facility) to take shelter in.

Finding shelter when you're at work: If your workplace does not currently have plans in place for what to do during severe weather or other emergencies, consider discussing it with others at your workplace. When severe weather is approaching, make sure to avoid windows and large open rooms.

For more information on severe thunderstorms and what to do before, during, and after one, visit https://www.weather.gov/safety/thunderstorm

Preparing for Storms in Amboy

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo and yellow road sign stating "Storms Brewing in Amboy" in front of a dark and cloudy sky. When storms are brewing, SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna will be there

When storms are brewing, we may not think destruction is headed our way but sometimes the inevitable happens in Amboy, Minnesota. While storms can be beautiful, they can turn deadly in just moments. Being prepared will help minimize harm to people and bring less damage to your property. If you find yourself in the aftermath of a storm, let SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna turn your chaos back to normal.

A few ways to prepare for a storm with strong winds are:

  • Have a flashlight readily available in case of a power outage
  • Board up windows and doors ahead of time, if possible
  • Secure loose items
  • Have an emergency kit ready including non-perishable foods and water
  • Make a plan ahead of time so your family will know what to do

Your local meteorologists will monitor the weather conditions in your area keeping you informed on what type of storm is happening. A storm Watch indicates they are watching for formations of specific types (flooding, severe thunderstorms, hail, tornadoes, etc.)  A storm Warning means there are property and life-threatening conditions occurring so you should take precautions.

Once the storm has subsided in Amboy, please continue to be careful walking about your structure as there could be loose debris, and compromised structures, etc. Wear boots, and gloves to help protect yourself but above all call the professionals at SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna to make your loss “Like it never even happened.”

Recent Storms in MN Leave Potentially Dangerous Flood Waters

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Flood waters in Owatonna

Flood waters and standing waters can carry infectious diseases, chemical hazards, and other risks of injury. Make sure to wash your hands after contact with flood waters and avoid eating or drinking anything contaminated by flood waters. Children should not be allowed to play in flood waters or with toys that have been contaminated and have not been disinfected. Handwashing is especially important with children and should be done frequently to avoid diarrheal diseases and other hazards.

The CDC provides information on possible infectious diseases after a disaster at: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/disease/infectious.html

Open wounds and rashes exposed to flood waters can become infected. Avoid exposure to flood waters if you have an open wound and make sure to keep wounds clean and covered to reduce the chance of infection. Flood waters also have the potential to move hazardous materials from their normal storage places. They can also displace animals, insects, and reptiles, so it is important to be alert and avoid contact.

For more information please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/extreme-weather/floods-standingwater.html

Tips to Stay Safe During a Storm

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna

Floods in Mankato and Owatonna

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S.  Flooding can happen near major bodies of water, but also inland.

Floods can develop slowly or quickly. Floods that come with no warning are known as flash floods.

Floods:

  • Come from rain, snow, hurricanes, tornadoes, and storm surges
  • Overflows of dams or other water systems
  • Can cause power or water outages
  • Damage buildings
  • Create landslides
  • Make roads impassable
  • Sweep away people, animals, or cars

If you are in a flood in Mankato or Owatonna:

  • If you have a warning, get to a safe place
  • Don’t drive around barricades
  • Don’t walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna likes the warning, “Turn around! Don’t Drown!”
  • 6 inches of moving water can knock a person down. 12 inches of moving water can sweep a car away
  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. The water can wash bridges away
  • If your car is trapped in quickly-moving water, stay inside. If the water rises inside the vehicle, climb onto the roof
  • If you are trapped in a building, go to the highest level. Do NOT climb into a closed attic. Floodwater can trap you. Go to the roof only if there is no other escape

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/floods

https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program

Storm Evacuation with Disabilities in Owatonna

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna

Storm Damage & Evacuation in Owatonna and Mankato

People with disabilities may need to pack more during an evacuation.

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna has these tips:

Plan for backup if you have your own car. A storm or flood may damage your car.

Before an emergency, check with your healthcare provider to understand these things:

  • Where should I go if I need medical care?
  • Where can I get medical supplies?
  • How I do get accessible transportation?
  • Does the facility have disability ramp access?

Bring with you:

  • Written contact list
  • Medical alert tags/bracelets
  • Copies of medical insurance and Medicare cards
  • List of all medications, dosages, and allergies
  • Style & serial number of medical devices
  • Supply of prescription medications
  • Supply of medical equipment
  • Extra battery for a power wheelchair
  • Any cushions or padding
  • Wheelchairs, canes, braces, etc.

Storm damage makes life more difficult for service animals too.

For people who have service animals in Owatonna and Mankato:

Pack extra food,  water, & other supplies for the service animal

  • Tell emergency responders that your service animal travels with you
  • Shelters and other buildings may not refuse entry to a service animal

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

Storms Can Be Unpredictable!

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO© of Mankato / Owatonna Rerouting to get to you.

SERVPRO© of Mankato / Owatonna fully understands how Storms can become unpredictable. The photo you see here in this blog shows that even in sever floods SERVPRO© of Mankato / Owatonna will find a way to get to you. Our technicians drove an additional 20 miles to get around these flooded roads to reach a homeowner and help with their flooded basement.

When Storms or Floods hit Mankato or Owatonna and even the surrounding areas where services are limited or none exist SERVPRO© of Mankato / Owatonna is ready to help anyone we can!

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage.

SERVPRO© of Mankato / Owatonna specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Mankato / Owatonna and other areas where services are not available, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today @ (507)-200-3700

Thunderstorms & Lightning in Mankato / Owatonna Cities

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities

Thunderstorms can be beautiful, but they are dangerous. They can cause severe damage to your home and property. Thunderstorms include lightning and can:

  • Include winds over 50 MPH
  • Create hail
  • Cause flash floods
  • Cause tornadoes
  • Cause flooding

In most places, a thunderstorm can happen at any time of the year and at any time of the day.

You can’t prevent a thunderstorm, but you can prepare.

  • Know the risk for thunderstorms in Mankato / Owatonna Cities
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system
  • Cut down or trim trees that may fall on your home
  • Install surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities repeats the warning, “When thunder roars, go indoors”. You don’t have to wait for the thunder. If there is a thunderstorm warning, go inside. Once there:

  • Unplug appliances
  • Do not use landline phones
  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings

If you can’t get inside a building:

  • If you are swimming or in a boat, get to land immediately. Find shelter
  • If you are in a car, don’t touch anything metal
  • “Turn around. Don’t Drown”. Avoid flooded roads. 6 inches of moving water can knock you down. One foot of moving water can sweep away your car

A lightning strike during a thunderstorm can leave a wake of destruction in its path. This can range from minor electrical issues to fire damage. Lightning is also a major cause of injury or death from weather-related dangers. Most people survive being hit by lightning, but they often have long-term problems.

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1527866280447-8ee0ba123e9a7b91c75b97dfb62cb657/ThunderStorm_May2018.pdf

Use Caution Outside During Tornado Season

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna

In Mankato / Owatonna Cities, we know about the dangers of tornadoes. Storm damage, water damage, and high winds can cause death, injuries, and property destruction.

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities knows that tornadoes can rise up quickly. We may not always be able to get to shelter.

If you are caught outside during a tornado in Mankato / Owatonna Cities:

  • Do not try to outrun a tornado in your car. Tornadoes can flip cars
  • Do not use your car as a shelter
  • You are safer in a low, flat location
  • Do not hide under a bridge or an overpass. Structures can collapse
  • Shield your head and neck with your arms
  • You can use blankets or coats for more shielding
  • Watch out for flying objects
  • Do not try to cross through water. Water can rise rapidly

When a tornado strikes a home or business, SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities is here to help clean up the mess. But the most important thing you can do is to stay safe.

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/tornadoes

When Storms or Floods hit Mankato / Owatonna, SERVPRO is ready!

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

When storms hit Mankato and Owatonna

When Storms or Floods hit Mankato / Owatonna, SERVPRO is ready!

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Mankato /Owatonna.

SERVPRO ofMankato/Owatonna specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Mankato/Owatonna, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams http://www.SERVPROmankatoowatonna.com/disaster-recoverythat are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (507)-200-3700