Winter Melt + Spring Rain =
Time to Get Storm Smart!
Heavy rainfall in the forecast and flood warnings starting tomorrow make today the day to get to work. Here are a few things you can do (in this beautiful weather!) to get ready for the storm;
1. Clean out the gutters on your buildings and make sure your downspout is directed somewhere stable. An energy diffuser, like a large stone placed under the outlet, can help reduce the velocity and concentration of water as it exits the gutter.
2. Clean sediment and gravel out of culverts AND clean debris out of drainage ditches. Clogged culverts are often a major culprit in damage from storms. When culverts gets backed up, the water ends up overflowing and impacting roads and driveways.
3. Clean and repair water bars, check dams, and other structures used to divert water. A little work in advance can save a headache later. Make sure that any drainage system has a clear, stable (either vegetated or stone lined) outlet.
4. Cover any exposed soil. If you have been out preparing the garden or have been working on a construction project and you have exposed soil, covering it up can help prevent erosion, downstream pollution, and save you from having to replace it later.
5. Get your umbrella, muck boots, and camera ready! One of the best times to observe how water moves across your property is to take a peak outside during a storm. Be aware of the risks if you live near stream or other flood vulnerable area – do not approach flooded roads or rushing water. If there is a chance of finding yourself in a dangerous situation, you’re probably better off watching from the living room window!
6. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with Friends Storm Smart program (https://www.friendsofthemadriver.org/storm-smart) at Stormsmart@friendsofthemadriver.org or at (802) 496-9127.
7. Schedule a Storm Smart assessment to be ready for the next storm!
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