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Mitigating Home Flooding in Raleigh Fast

1/31/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded basement Flooding and the resulting flood damage can quickly overwhelm your home. Contact Team SERVPRO for effective remediation services.

SERVPRO Teams Provide Rapid-Response Flood Damage Cleanup

Raleigh, North Carolina, is a historic city that now houses over 474,000 residents within its 147 square miles. The City of Oaks, chartered in 1792, is one of America’s early examples of a planned city and is named in honor of Elizabethan landowner and explorer Sir Walter Raleigh.

Notable individuals from Raleigh include:

  • Painter Herb Jackson
  • NASCAR driver Loy Allen, Jr.
  • Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood
  • United States Marine Corps major general Oscar F. Peatross
  • Physician and African-American biographer Lawson A. Scruggs

Recent Flooding in Raleigh

It is no small secret that North Carolina is one of the most flood-prone areas in the United States. It has an annual average of 54 inches of rain and 16 inches of snow in mountainous regions. Much of the state is on a 100-year floodplain but experienced a 500-year flood as recently as 1999 with the disastrous Hurricane Floyd.

Raleigh’s November 2020 Floods

November 2020 brought severe flash flooding to North Carolina, mainly from weather systems coming from Tropical Storm Eta. Wake and Durham counties were among many affected.

Several rivers rose sharply, even after the rain stopped, including:

  • The Neuse River, which increased significantly to over 21 feet in Smithfield and was forecasted to reach 25 feet in Goldsboro
  • The Cape Fear River experienced moderate flood level increases compared to the Neuse, reaching almost 13 feet

Over 400 state roads were closed by the flooding, including Interstate 95 North, which was reduced to one usable lane in some counties and closed entirely in others.

Hurricane Florence and Flooding in Raleigh

In September 2018, the Cape Verde Hurricane Florence generated record freshwater flooding in the Carolinas. She broke an estimated 28 flood records in both states. This hurricane caused over $24 billion in damages in total. Despite its making landfall as a category one, its prolonged rainfall created additional complications compared to many other storms.

Damages in North Carolina included:

  • 33.9 inches of rain
  • Over 2,200 road closures
  • More than 90% of New Hanover County lost electrical power
  • Insurance losses totaled between $2.8 and $5 billion
  • 75,000 structures damaged by flooding and storms

Rivers rose severely. The Cape Fear River’s crested height was 61 feet, while the Pee Dee River crested at over 35 feet. Both figures were record-breaking totals.

Can SERVPRO Perform Flooded Home Repairs?

SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner performs flood damage cleanup that is fast-acting and focused on restoration over replacement wherever it is safe and feasible. Many appliances, valuables, and nonporous furniture items are restorable after a flood.

After cleaning flood damage out of structures and contents, SERVPRO can perform home repairs that include:

  • Hardwood, tile, marble, and linoleum floor repair
  • Drywall installation
  • Electrical services and electronics repair

Your local SERVPRO features technicians certified in disciplines like Applied Mold Remediation and Applied Structural Drying, combining tried-and-true methods with cutting-edge technologies and a scientific approach to restoration.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner at (919) 615-1179 for flood damage restoration services.

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