Recent Storm Damage Posts

What is a Flash Flood?

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Here in Paducah during a storm season, we oftentimes find flash flood warnings pop up on our phone screens. But what really is a flash flood? And can it actually affect us?

What is a flash flood?

Flash flooding can be defined as flooding that begins within six hours, and oftentimes within three hours, of heavy rainfall (or other cause).

Where do they occur?

The intensity of the rainfall, the location and distribution of the rainfall, the land use and topography, vegetation types and growth/density, soil type, and soil water-content all determine just how quickly the Flash Flooding may occur, and influence where it may occur.

Flash flooding is possible anywhere. It can occur in urban areas due to the lack of land area for water to infiltrate. It can also occur in rural areas where water already has a head start in occupying, such as streams or creeks.

How can it affect me?

Flash Flooding occurs so quickly that people are caught off-guard when the situation arises. The instance can become dangerous if they encounter high, fast-moving water while traveling. If people are at their homes or businesses, the water may rise quickly and trap them, or cause damage to the property. 

While they may sound trivial, flash floods can be very dangerous if one is not prepared with knowledge on the nature of the flood. It is important to be prepared and pay attention to news reports and word-of-mouth accounts. 

Record Precipitation in Paducah Impacts Homeowners

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

The bolded blue line represents Paducah's precipitation for 2019 from Jan-May. Image credit via www.ncdc.noaa.gov.

In 2019, Paducah has faced record breaking precipitation rates. Nearly every day this summer, Paducah has faced long overcast hours and intense storms; enough to make a big impact on homeowners and their property. The SERVPRO of Paducah staff is cognizant of this and prepared to help McCracken county's citizens with their storm-defensive tasks. 

Fast Facts on Jan-May 2019 Paducah Precipitation Report

  • 2019's precipitation rates have surpassed records of 70 years
  • Paducah's 1981-2010 average was 21.22", while 2019's average has been 38.56".
  • Paducah's precipitation rates top many of the biggest cities in the surrounding area of the country, including Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Evansville, whose 2019 records only met 34.58" or less.

Information courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Further information can be found at their website.

How SERVPRO of Paducah can help

SERVPRO of Paducah's understanding and knowledgeable staff utilizes this information to help clients make informed decisions when it comes to storm restoration. When an influx of rain and jarring thunderstorms arises, Paducah's friendly SERVPRO staff is there to help, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How to Stay Safe in a Thunderstorm

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Thunder roars loudly and can be very frightening – but by itself can’t really hurt anyone. Its two most fearsome companions however, can be very dangerous indeed:

  • Lightning killed an average of 31 people a year between 2006 and 2015, and injured another 279.1 Your estimated odds of being struck in an 80-year lifespan are 1 in 13,000.1 And yes, those are higher odds than winning a fortune in the lottery.
  • Hail can happen during any strong storm, hurling chunks of ice to the earth at speeds up to 120 mph – and they range in size from a pea to a grapefruit! That’s a hefty projectile.

So to protect yourself, your family and home from these real dangers takes a little bit of knowledge and preparation. Here are some hail and lighting safety tips: 

Protecting yourself

Know the “30/30” rule: When you see a lightning flash, start counting. If you don't make it to 30 before hearing the thunder, head indoors. Then stay indoors until 30 minutes after hearing the last boom of thunder.

If you’re already indoors

  • Avoid using corded phones and electronics such as computers or power tools. Electrical wires can conduct lightning.
  • Don't use your cell phone during a thunderstorm.
  • Don't wash your hands, shower, wash dishes or do laundry. Metal pipes in the plumbing can also conduct lightning.
  • High winds and hail can shatter glass, so stay away from windows, skylights and doors.
  • Keep drapes and blinds closed to prevent hail-shattered glass from blowing in or flying around.

If you're outside when a storm hits

  • Take shelter when you see dark clouds or lightning, hear thunder or feel hail.
  • Head for an enclosed building, rather than a carport or open garage.
  • No enclosed structure? Get inside a hardtop, all-metal car, truck or SUV. Avoid leaning against vehicles.
  • Get off bicycles and motorcycles.
  • If no shelter from lightning is available, squat down and put your hands on your knees with your head in between to make yourself a smaller target.
  • If you’re in the water, head for shore immediately and avoid metal objects. Water and metal can both carry an electrical current.
  • If you're in a group of people, spread out.
  • Take care of your pets by bringing them inside. Doghouses are not lightning- or hail-proof.

Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO of Paducah’s Professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Solar Panels vs. Nature: What Could Crack the Cells

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Solar panel damage is rare, but when it does happen, it’s usually as a result of a hard-hitting storm. There are a few things you can do to prepare if you know a storm is on the way to Murray, Benton, Cadiz, & Princeton, KY. The examples below of instances where panels stayed intact may give you peace of mind that yours could also stay safe.


When Nature Strikes 


Solar panels are usually built to hold up even in the most extreme of circumstances. However, there are some common causes to damaged panels. 

• Hail (especially when it hits the same spot repeatedly)
• High winds (uplift can happen when wind blows between your roof and panels)
• Roof damage (if your roof wasn’t built well to begin with, the panels can fly off with it)


Where Solar Panels Stayed Intact


Storms have tested panels with much success in recent years:

• Hurricane Maria: 180 mph winds didn’t even leave a scratch on a 645 kW solar array on a VA hospital in San Juan. It operated well after the storm, even though nearly all of the island was without power.
• Hurricane Sandy: panel damage was few and far between in New Jersey when this hurricane hit in 2012, days after the state installed dozens of panels. 
• Severe hail in Denver: only one out of more than 3,000 panels on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory campus was damaged in this rare storm. 


What To Do Before and After the Storm


Prepare for a storm the same way you would without solar panels. Don’t try to remove them, as the racks are built to handle the storm. You may want to take pictures of the system just in case. If the storm does cause an issue, you can show those pictures to your insurance agent. Most providers cover panels, but you may want to double check before it’s too late. 

When you do experience panel damage, don’t try to fix it yourself. Always call a professional in Murray, Benton, Cadiz & Princeton, KY, first.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROmurraybentoncadizprinceton.com/

Are you “Weather Aware”? Tips for Being Prepared as Storm Season Approaches

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Paducah has been involved in emergency storm assistance for many years now and during that time has actively worked with local insurance companies and emergency management teams to assist people in extremely difficult and dangerous situations. With severe weather season fast approaching our area, it is important to be reminded of some basic safety tips in order to stay prepared and alert during our ever changing weather patterns.  

From the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management:

“When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!” 

  • Before a thunderstorm arrives, know the key warning signs: dark clouds, lightening, and thunder

  • Get informed with a weather radio or by watching the news

  • Have an emergency kit on hand that includes flashlights, battery operated weather radio, first aid kit, food and water, and essential medicines

  • Stay inside and sheltered. If outside, move indoors or into a vehicle. Get out of water immediately. If trapped outside, make yourself as small as possible in a low lying area

  • Make sure to wait at least 30 minutes after the storm has passed before going outside 

In addition, in order to be prepared for a tornado:

  • Have a family tornado plan in place and practice a family tornado drill

  • Watch for weather signs like dark greenish skies, large hail, dark low clouds and load roaring sounds

  • Put as many walls and floors between you and the tornado as possible

  • Flying debris is the greatest danger during a tornado

  • If in a mobile home – GET OUT! Find a neighbor, underground shelter, or permanent structure for safety

As a trusted leader in emergency response for our area, SERVPRO of Paducah is committed to helping our community be prepared for weather emergencies. As a 24 hour emergency response partner, SERVPRO is dedicated to providing immediate and professional services to you and your family should the need arise during this severe weather season. 

Storm Season is Here in Paducah, Kentucky - Be Ready!

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is here to help with your storm damage!

It's that time of year again when storms can appear out of nowhere with forceful winds and torrential rains. We all want to keep our homes and families safe during this time. The best way to keep your family safe is through an at home kit. It's all about safety first, and having a storm plan in place before it hits.

FEMA gives us great tips on how to get started preparing our families and ourselves for storms:

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?

  2. What is my shelter plan?

  3. What is my evacuation route?

  4. What is my family/household communication plan?

Have a family meeting and discuss these steps to see what works best for you. 

We hope you don't need us, but when the storms pass through --remember SERVPRO of Paducah is here 365 24/7! 

Solar Panels vs. Nature: What Could Crack the Cells

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Solar panel damage is rare, but when it does happen, it’s usually as a result of a hard-hitting storm. There are a few things you can do to prepare if you know a storm is on the way to Paducah, KY. The examples below of instances where panels stayed intact may give you peace of mind that yours could also stay safe.


When Nature Strikes 


Solar panels are usually built to hold up even in the most extreme of circumstances. However, there are some common causes to damaged panels. 

• Hail (especially when it hits the same spot repeatedly)
• High winds (uplift can happen when wind blows between your roof and panels)
• Roof damage (if your roof wasn’t built well to begin with, the panels can fly off with it)


Where Solar Panels Stayed Intact


Storms have tested panels with much success in recent years:

• Hurricane Maria: 180 mph winds didn’t even leave a scratch on a 645 kW solar array on a VA hospital in San Juan. It operated well after the storm, even though nearly all of the island was without power.
• Hurricane Sandy: panel damage was few and far between in New Jersey when this hurricane hit in 2012, days after the state installed dozens of panels. 
• Severe hail in Denver: only one out of more than 3,000 panels on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory campus was damaged in this rare storm. 


What To Do Before and After the Storm


Prepare for a storm the same way you would without solar panels. Don’t try to remove them, as the racks are built to handle the storm. You may want to take pictures of the system just in case. If the storm does cause an issue, you can show those pictures to your insurance agent. Most providers cover panels, but you may want to double check before it’s too late. 

When you do experience panel damage, don’t try to fix it yourself. Always call a professional in Paducah, KY, first.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROpaducah.com/.

Keep Calm During the Storm with SERVPRO of Paducah

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

With severe weather season here in our area, it is important to be reminded of some basic safety tips in order to stay prepared and alert during our ever changing weather patterns.  

From the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management:

“When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!” 

  • Before a thunderstorm arrives, know the key warning signs:  dark clouds, lightening, and thunder

  • Get informed with a weather radio or by watching the news

  • Have an emergency kit on hand that includes flashlights, battery operated weather radio, first aid kit, food and water, and essential medicines

  • Stay inside and sheltered.  If outside, move indoors or into a vehicle.  Get out of water immediately.  If trapped outside, make yourself as small as possible in a low lying area

  • Make sure to wait at least 30 minutes after the storm has passed before going outside 

In addition, in order to be prepared for a tornado:

  • Have a family tornado plan in place and practice a family tornado drill

  • Watch for weather signs like dark greenish skies, large hail, dark low clouds and load roaring sounds

  • Put as many walls and floors between you and the tornado as possible

  • Flying debris is the greatest danger during a tornado

  • If in a mobile home – GET OUT!  Find a neighbor, underground shelter, or permanent structure for safety

As a trusted leader in emergency response for our area, SERVPRO of Paducah is committed to helping our community be prepared for weather emergencies.  As a 24 hour emergency response partner, SERVPRO is dedicated to providing immediate and professional services to you and your family should the need arise during this severe weather season.

Strong Wind Event in Western KY

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage to Local Home

Western Kentucky and the Paducah community have witnessed many dramatic weather events in the last decade. These events have ranged from crippling ice storms to torrential rains and devastating tornadoes. Many home and business owners are able to escape free of damage and frustration. However, there are many who do not get off as easily and must deal with the headache of storm damage.

High winds can create more damage than one might expect. This customer was forced to deal with significant roof damage after a wind event. Strong winds caused a large tree to fall on the roof of the home. SERVPRO of Paducah swiftly responded and secured a tarp over the damage to protect the home from further harm. In the days following, SERVPRO of Paducah completed the reconstruction necessary to put the home back together, "Like if never even happened."

If you experience storm damage at your Paducah home or business, call SERVPRO of Paducah to help! 

When Storms or Floods hit Paducah, SERVPRO is ready!

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Paducah.

SERVPRO of Paducah specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Paducah, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams SERVPRO of Paducah - Disaster Recovery that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 270-443-4555.

When Storms or Floods hit Paducah or Murray, SERVPRO is ready!

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Paducah specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit McCracken or Calloway County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (270) 443-4555

Crazy July Storms in Western Kentucky

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

July 4th is usually the premier weekend of summer In Western Kentucky, but this past July proved to be very different.  Storms took over the area with torrential rain and excessive winds which led to major flooding and uprooted trees.  The area was faced with severe wind damage and several roads were washed away.  With the phones ringing off the hook, our crews hit the pavement in full force to take care of our community.  Many homes and businesses were faced with large tree limbs through their roofs, allowing heavy rain to enter their attics; others encountered flooded basements. All of these concerns are important to SERVPRO.  We know how urgent the need is to respond to these kinds of emergencies! It’s your home---your business--- our concern. When it comes to our community we stand together!