Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 by Manuel Guerrero
We are really kicking off the winter weather with a bang, aren't we? The rain has been coming down all morning here in Silverton and the surrounding areas and there is quite a chill in the air. The heavy and constant rains have sparked a flood warning in the Central Willamette Valley. Here are few tips from the Red Cross and John's Waterproofing to make sure you and your home are ready for potential floods.
1. If you already have a sump pump ensure that it clean, and functioning. Ensure you have changed batteries if necessary and that lines are debris free.
2. If you are on a sloping lot or know that your property floods regularly make sure you have adequate sandbags to keep the surface water out of your home and garage.
(Below is a list of sandbag fill sites)
Sandbag fill sites
Marion County: Bags and sand available at Marion County Fire District #1, 300 Cordon Road NE, Salem
Polk County: A limited number of pre-filled bags available. Bring a shovel, bags and sand on site at the shop at 820 SW Ash Street, Dallas
Salem: Bags and sand available, bring a shovel.
Orchard Heights Park Orchard Heights Road NW
Sather Park (undeveloped) Willie Way NW between Barnabas Street NW and Lottie Lane NW
Park & Ride Wallace Road NW and Brush College Road NW
Public Works Operations 1420 20th Street SE
Bush Park Lefelle Street SE and Capitol Street SE
South Salem High School 1910 Church Street SE
Fred Meyer, South Salem 706 Madrona Avenue SE
WalMart, South Salem 5250 Commercial Street SE
Courthouse Athletic Club 6250 Commercial Street SE
Salem Chinese Evangelical Church 6836 Sunnyside Road SE
Lowe's 1930 Turner Road SE
Home Depot 3795 Hagers Grove Road SE
Swegle Elementary School 4485 Market Street NE
Olinger Pool 765 14th Street NE
Ferry Street at 25th Street SE
Stayton: A self-service sandbag station has been set up outside the gate of Knife River Sand and Gravel, at 41816 Stayton-Scio Rd SE.
Silverton: Bags and sand available at city shop at 830 McClaine Street, Silverton
Independence: There's a sandbag station at the north end of Independence Civic Center, 555 S Main St.
3. Know your travel routes and possible closures. There are several road closures also if you are planning holiday outings. It seems as though the Statesman Journal online and Channel 12 seem to have the most current weather updates and closures. http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2015/12/07/high-water-reported-area-roads-sand-bags-available/76919112/
4. Avoid driving needlessly. Make sure that windshield wipers are current and not worn out. Do not drive through flooded areas. Often times it is hard to tell how deep the water may be and the force of the water is often much stronger than you would anticipate.
5. There is always a risk of power outages in adverse weather. Make sure your electronics are charged and know where your flashlights and candles are in the event of a loss of power.
As always, make sure you and your family have a disaster preparedness plan to prepare and communicate in the event of unforseen natural disasters.
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving Weekend from us here at John's Waterproofing
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