The floods of 1927 and 2011 have left their impact
Historians talk about the flood of 1927 as, “the flood that changed Vermont.” There was a sense of urgency and devastation as parts of Vermont was literally wiped out. Numerous lives were lost as the water flowed from town to town and destroyed, what used to be, strong and stable bridges and roads. Vermonters came together to rebuild their beloved state from the ground up.
Traveling through Vermont today, you may still observe signs indicating how high the water once stood. We assumed the worst had passed, that was until the flood of 2011. That historic flooding disaster resulted in even higher water levels in some areas and left many stranded and without power.
At Jamieson Insurance, the security of our policyholders is our top priority. For that reason, we have complied the below list of what you should do to be prepared before a flood strikes. Before the next storm hits, it is imperative to educate yourself of how to best safeguard your family and home.
Before the Flood:
- Create an emergency preparedness kit including all your necessary items, medications, food, water, and safety equipment.
- Design an evacuation plan. Make sure that everyone in your home is aware of the plan and knows exactly where to relocate in the case of a flood.
- Stay up to date on the latest weather reports and flood warnings in your community. Also, make use of any resources or shelters that the community may provide.
During the Flood:
- At the beginning stages of a flood it is important to gather your family members, pets, and most important items and evacuate the area.
- Avoid using vehicles in the case of high water levels. If the flood causes water levels to increase to a point where you are trapped by flash flooding, it is important not to seek transportation via foot or vehicles.
After a Flood
- Wait until the worst of the flood has passed and you have received indication from your community leaders that it safe to return to your home.
- Travel cautiously and make sure that you are aware of any road or bridge closings.
- Do not enter a building if it is still flooded or has any serious structural damage. Also, be sure to turn off any outside gas lines at the meter tank.
Secure Flood Insurance Protection
Jamieson Insurance is committed to providing the best protection for you and your family. A complete insurance package should always include flood insurance. Standard homeowner’s policies typically do not cover flooding and, because of that, homeowners are often left devastated after the storm has passed.
While no one expects the worst to happen, we want to make certain you are protected in the case of a flooding loss. Call us today to learn more about our flood insurance policies at 802.496.2080.