Water, Water Everywhere on the Waterfront!
Waterfront living is among the most desirable of locations in
our area. The views and vistas are fantastic, not to mention the
ability to walk out one's door to drop a line to fish or untie a
line to enjoy boating. However, all this joy is not without some
The most common fear heard from waterfront homebuyers is their
concern that the river may rise and roll into their home. While
it is not an impossible scenario, it is truly rare. More often
than not, the water that posses the greatest risk to the
waterfront home is not from the river, but rather from the water
flowing overland toward the river.
Always remember that the river is the place that all water flows
to. How a particular home is oriented to or obstructs the flow
of water moving toward the river determines how dry the house
remains. And for many homes in is not just how dry it is in the
home, but also under the home.
The majority of water that affects the home is the surface water
flowing toward the river. The volume of water can be in the
thousands of gallons per hour during a heavy shower. If the
grade of the lot is not proper, this can mean thousands of
gallons of water in or under the home.
So, when looking at waterfront property, enjoy the view over the
water, but be sure to look inland to be sure that your
experience with water front living won't be with water in the
But what should you do after you've experienced a flooded home?
There is hope! Your home and its contents may look damaged
beyond repair, but many items can be restored. There is a high
probability that by acting quickly, your flooded home can be
cleaned up, dried out, rebuilt, and reoccupied sooner than you
After your home has been flooded, play it safe. Always seek
professional help. And while in the midst of cleaning and
repairing, consider your preparation for the future. The
American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) suggests the following steps if your home has been
Take Care of Yourself First - Protect yourself and your family
from stress, fatigue, and health hazards that follow a flood.
Give Your Home First Aid - Once it is safe to go back in,
protect your home and contents from further damage. Get
Organized - Some things are not worth repairing and some things
may be too complicated or expensive for you to do by yourself. A
recovery plan can take these things into account and help you
make the most of your time and money. Dry Out Your Home -
Floodwaters damage materials, leave mud, silt and unknown
contaminants, and promote the growth of mildew. You need to dry
your home to reduce these hazards and the damage they cause.
Restore the Utilities - The rest of your work will be much
easier if you have heat, electricity, clean water, and sewage
disposal. Clean Up - The walls, floors, closets, shelves,
contents and any other flooded parts of your home should be
thoroughly washed and disinfected. Check on Financial Assistance
- Voluntary agencies, businesses, insurance, and government
disaster programs can help you through recovery. Rebuild and
Flood-proof - Take your time to rebuild correctly and make
improvements that will protect your building from damage by the
next flood. Prepare for the Next Flood - Protect yourself from
the next flood with flood insurance, a flood response plan, and
community flood protection programs. This step also includes
sources to go to for additional assistance. For more information
on repairing your home after a flood, please visit
Many people highly prize waterfront living, and find it a deeply
fulfilling experience. Knowing what to look for when choosing
waterfront property will make your life on the water easier and
more rewarding. Choose and plan wisely - it's about knowing!