The rainy season in Kansas City and across western Missouri will soon begin to wind down, giving way to the heat and sunshine of late summer. However, although western Missouri residents can expect less rain in the future, the weather patterns of high precipitation and storms has yet to pass. This means that home and business owners should still be alert for the danger signs of flooding. At ServiceMaster DSI, our emergency lines are on call 24/7/365 for water damage restoration in Kansas City, MO.
One of the greatest dangers of the rainy season in western Missouri is the risk of flooding. Even less than a month ago, heavy rains from a summer storm led to rising rivers and flash flooding in northern Kansas City. When flash flooding occurs, it’s often responsible for severe damage simply because of the suddenness of the situation.
We want our customers to stay safe during the remaining weeks of the rainy season and avoid consequences from flash flooding by learning the signs and appropriate flood safety information in the case of a flash flood.
Flash flooding occurs when a large amount of water is suddenly released or forced into a contained landscape. Channels formed by roads and drainage ditches can create a path of least resistance for a body of moving floodwater. Every time heavy rainfall forces large rivers like the Missouri River, Kansas River, and Turkey Creek to rise, the risk of flash flooding increases significantly. Because heavy rainfall is a commonality from April to July, situations that could potentially lead to flash floods are also much more prevalent at this time of year. During this season, the dangers of flash flooding for western Missouri residents and business owners are very real.
The National Weather Service (NWS) offers a wealth of information about flood safety and how to handle situations of severe or flash flooding. For example, their policy of “Turn Around Don’t Drown” in situations where there is the possibility of flash flooding can save the lives of all facing those circumstances. Find out more about flood safety with the NWS.
For information about our post-flood water damage restoration services in Kansas City, MO, contact ServiceMaster DSI at (816) 763-6677 today.