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Discussion in 'Home Preparedness and Shelters' started by Hoji, Aug 26, 2017.
I prepped by living 220mi inland. Worked great!
Why ya gotta brag? :-D
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Get any UPS off the floor and unplugged, before you turn off the electricity at the first sign of water encroachment.
When my house flooded in Allison, and before the water got past the receptacles, I cut off the electricity/main service panel. Fine and good ... except never thought about uplugging the 4 heavy duty server UPS' on the floor of the server closet, FIRST.
Yep ... they still worked under water, much too well, as designed.
Getting them out/off was not much fun in the dark, in knee deep water ...
Yes I always unplug the UPS's and power strips if I'm going to leave for flooding.
Years ago, being aware of brick porosity, I used a roller with long extension to apply Thompsons Water Seal to the house brick. It was a LONG time ago and found out during Harvey that it pooped out. Gotta re-apply TWS to the brick!
It is all over with and here was my prep work:
A. built the house two years ago, spent time before buying to check the geologic survey of the property.
B. Spent quality time with the Pearland City department who works with the Flood Control District. The new subdivision has 4 Flood lakes in it and they pumped them out before Harvey showed up.
C. When building the house I laid out where I wanted my generator to go, how I needed the covered back porch to lay out, and where I was going to add more drainage. I also paid the extra amounts for the better hurricane strapping on the roof. It is a one story, all brick, with Hardy Plank soffits.
D. After built (which I paid my own inspector to come in regularly, great guy, as bad of a gun geek as I am) I added Hurricane screens for the back porch which also keeps the bugs out adds security and makes it about 15 degrees cooler under the porch than outside in the back yard. I had additional French drains added to the back, while having a company come in and install a 20KW natural gas fired generator (my neighbor loves it because I added plugs so he can throw some cords across the fence) along with a home surge protector. Finally I had a storm fabric company come in and install into the brick stainless steel grommets to allow me to put up storm fabric window covering quickly if necessary.
All of that done, I needed the generator for all of 45 minutes the entire time, we have buried lines and there wasn't a problem except for a short time back at the main line. I put water in my two ice chests which I placed on the counter along with a 10 gallon water cooler which I also placed on the counter. Never had to use any of the water. I filled up the garden tub in the master bathroom to provide water to fill toilets etc. never had to use it. I had to go out twice and pull garden trash out of the screens on the French drains looking at what I can do there and had it float one French drain out of the ground.
The water at its highest only got to half way into the front yard. People who parked on the street wound up with trouble the rest of us waited for a day and a half and it drained back. That said the food that I had got eaten because we were trapped in the subdivision for a full week before the water went down and we could drive out. Never got into the 30 days of prepared emergency meals that we have in storage but another couple of days might have gotten us there.
Lessons, having gassed up cars and 20 gallons in cans was a smart decision also we continued after Harvey to gas up anytime we could because a lot of stations were running out. Looking for better drainage options for the back yard. Also thinking about if we should have a inflatable boat just in case. We have two axes in the attic so that if we have to go up there and then get out of there we can.
I have added a flood alarm which if the water gets to the flower beds it is tied into the alarm system which will give us a warning. My wife either was up watching the street or had me up when I really would like to have been in bed sleeping through the storm.