Monthly Archives: June 2013

Heavy Rainfall Causes Flooding in Mid West Overnight

Unsettled weather over Wisconsin will continue through the middle of the week, according to the National Weather Service. Up to four inches of rain could fall over some parts of the state and if that happens, serious widespread flooding could ensue. Mudslides and flooding have already caused some roads to close down in the southwestern portion of Wisconsin. Crawford County’s Highway 61 is covered in twenty-five feet high mud that covers an area as long as two football fields due to a mudslide.

The National Weather Service has flash flood watches and warnings in effect through Wednesday for the most of the southern and western portion of Wisconsin. Those counties under flood warnings as of Tuesday afternoon include Grant, Lafayette, Green and Crawford counties. A state of emergency was declared in both Crawford and Grant County due to water damage.

The community of Boscobel in southwestern Wisconsin is dealing with cleaning up after more than twelve inches of rain fell there over the last few days. Several dozen residents there had to leave their flooded homes which in some cases were inundated with several feet of water. The bad news is that more rain is in the forecast for that part of the state which means more flooding is sure to occur as the ground is already over-saturated with water. Up to 500 homes in Boscobel have been affected by flooding which is just about half of all the homes in the community.

Emergency officials said late Monday that repairs from flooding in Grant County alone will exceed $2 million. The severe thunderstorms that tore through southern Wisconsin over the weekend resulted in widespread, serious flooding, mudslides and uprooted trees. Across the wide area that was flooded there are numerous large trees down due to the heavy rainfall and high damaging winds that occurred.

In Vernon County there was a lot of flooding which took place as the heavy rain rushed down surrounding hills where it filled area rivers and creeks very quickly. Residents of Wisconsin are being warned not to venture into flooded areas as heavy debris can move very quickly through floodwater. Additionally, very fast acting flash flooding can begin without warning and is capable of easily sweeping away people and vehicles.

What Companies Restore Wet Documents After A Flood

Valuable documents that belong to families are often lost when the proper recovery methods are not followed. Floods can occur in any location without warning, including government offices, libraries and universities as well as businesses and homes.

The National Archives recommends freezing materials that do not dry within two days. Document recovery companies are specialists in preventing the total loss of papers, using the latest scientific procedures. With the knowledge and experience of professionals and experts, papers and photographs can survive a flood. The Northeast Document Conservation Center includes these techniques as effective in removing water from documents:

• air drying
• dehumidification
• freezer drying
• vacuum freeze drying

Companies Providing Restoration
Preservation experts have the knowledge and the equipment to recover and restore valuable documents. These companies have demonstrated expertise in the process:

• American Freeze-Dry Operations, Inc. preserves ledgers, books, papers, blueprints, files and other sensitive documents with freeze drying, dessicant drying, zorbix and forced air drying.

• AMRestore treats various types of media, including lithographs, posters and pictures using a freeze drying technology that can accommodate papers of any size.

• Blackmon Mooring performs residential water damage restoration with a crew of experienced technicians, using industrial air humidifiers and blowers to reduce the moisture level.

• Belfor Property Restoration technicians use psychrometrics, the science of drying, and sophisticated dehumidification equipment to achieve results. Experience includes working with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the tornado in Moore.

• BMS Cat Disaster Restoration recovers documents, books, journals, libraries, archives and all types of paper using vacuum freeze drying in a recovery facility.

• Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts offers treatment for wet paper, parchment and papyrus. Focus is on rare books and manuscripts, historic wallpapers, musical scores and photographs.

• Document Reprocessors works on wet documents, books, photographs and blueprints as the focus of a company that has the ability to save virtually all records if action is taken immediately.

• Document Restoration Services combines experience with training and the latest technology to restore water damaged documents, including medical records, books, files and papers of all kinds.

• Harwell Document Restoration Services provides professional services to commercial and government entities. Experience includes working with damage management companies, insurance adjusters, insurers and information services.

• Jarvis Property Restoration specializes in wet document repair and restoration, using drying chambers to prevent mold and paper separation.

• Midwest Freeze-Dry, Ltd. remediates damage from water in a vacuum chamber containing non-chemical fumigation to decontaminate materials in a plasma energy field.

• NBD International, Inc. performs a recovery process for architectural drawings, medical files and financial files in addition to home owners’ papers. The company indicates that some documents may have damage that is not reversible, including wrinkling and ink bleeding.

• Northeast Document Conservation Center, an independent conservation laboratory, specializes in preserving paper collections that include maps, photographs, parchment and papyrus manuscripts, art works, architectural drawings and books.

• Polygon Group, formerly Munters Corporation, dries out sensitive documents damaged by water using effective management and drying technologies.

• Rapid Refile specializes in providing partial or complete recovery and restoration of hard copy documents for universities, museums, libraries and government agencies. Work includes drying books and documents as well as restoration of maps and blueprints.

• Servpro Cleanup and Restoration acknowledges that some types of documents may not return to pre-loss condition, depending on the type of document and the extent of water damage. Techniques include freezer drying, vacuum freeze drying, vacuum thermal drying, air drying and dehumidification. Third-party experts are consulted in some cases in order to achieve satisfactory results.

• Super Restoration recovers and restores water damaged documents and books using technology to achieve desired results.

• Universal Commercial Catastrophe uses thermal technology and trained personnel to ascertain the need for restorative drying. Experience includes working with schools and universities, government agencies, healthcare facilities, hospitals, museums, libraries, churches and private residences.

Northeast Under Threat for Potential Severe Weather

A low pressure system will push its way into the Northeast on Thursday, bringing with it a line of severe thunderstorms which could cause some trouble for folks living in the Northeast. The system is being forecast to linger off the coastline of Long Island and southern New England overnight Thursday into Friday when it will push further east. The potential impacts of this weather will be a bit like a nor’easter with heavy precipitation and hard driving winds that can gust to over 40 miles per hour. It’s very possible that some locations could see wind speeds of between 50 and 60 miles per hour. If that happens, there will certainly be downed trees & powerlines as well as power outages.

The real concern with this system is the threat of flooding from the northern part of Pennsylvania and the way through southern New England. There could even be flash flooding as much of the ground is saturated along the path of the storm. The east part of Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey could see severe flash flooding with as little as an inch of rain in a three or four hour period as the ground in very saturated.

The same system that’s moving into the East brought straight-line winds, several tornadoes, large hail and flooding to the Midwest Wednesday where tens of thousands of people lost power. As of late Thursday morning, there were already reports of numerous trees down, broken limbs and power outages in Hockessin, Delaware.

Southeastern Pennsylvania was under a severe thunderstorms watch Thursday morning. People living in that part of the state are very concerned about flash flooding along major waterways such as the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers as a significant amount of rain is being forecast to fall. Even creeks which are already running high are at a very real risk of breaching their banks to cause localized flash flooding in eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and northern Delaware.

The National Weather Service put a flash flood watch into effect for the entire state of Pennsylvania Thursday. Officials are warning state residents that water could rise very quickly in streams, creeks, on roads and in urban areas. The skies were so dark over Philly Thursday morning that it appeared to be nighttime still. Some flights at the international airport in Philadelphia were delayed Thursday morning due to severe weather that included dangerous lightening.

2013 Hurricane Season Begins – Potential Tropical Threat

June 1st marked the official start of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. While this year won’t mimic 2012 when two named storms had formed during the first week of the hurricane season, there is a potential tropical threat trying to take shape in the southern Gulf of Mexico and northwest Caribbean.

The system that’s churning now is not an organized storm but it has begun to produce some significant rainfall and thunderstorm activity. If that activity continues to develop, there’s a good chance that a tropical depression or storm could form during the next few days. Regardless if that happens or not, this system is going to move towards the state of Florida to threaten residents all across the Sunshine State with heavy rains, flooding and even the chance of tornadoes.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA for short, is predicting thirteen to twenty named storms for 2013 of which between three and five will become major hurricanes. This prediction follows a very destructive 2012 season where Superstorm Sandy went down in the history books as being one of the most destructive storms ever to hit the United States. Sandy absolutely devastated the Jersey Shore and coastline of New York. Sandy was a stark reminder that many areas can go years without being hit by a hurricane and that any town or state that’s situated on the coastline need to be prepared for a possible hurricane strike.

Now back to the system that’s churning in the southern Gulf of Mexico. As of Wednesday morning, the unsettled weather in the Gulf appears to be more impressive in satellite images than it has over the past few days. It is likely that that system will organize itself more as it marches straight for the state of Florida by week’s end. It’s even feasible that the system will also impact the Mid-Atlantic region including Washington DC by the weekend. Forecasters are saying that the system should make landfall somewhere toward northern Florida Thursday evening into Friday morning.