Fire Chief: Now is the time to prepare for basement flooding

Above: This was what many mailboxes looked like just two short weeks ago (photo courtesy of Deb Costine)

Thanks to some warm weather this week, the ice dams have melted, mailboxes are being released from their snowy tombs, and the snowbanks are starting to recede (as evidenced by the fact that I only need to do a 6-point turn to get out of my driveway as opposed to the 8-point turn that was previously required).

Another bit of good news is that previously-covered storm drains are starting to open up. Even so, flooding continues to be a concern for many residents. Fire Chief John Mauro Jr. said now is the time to get prepared.”If you have had water in your basement in the past, there is a good chance it will happen again,” Mauro said.

Mauro said the fire department has a limited number of pumps available to help residents in emergency situations. If you’ve experienced basement flooding in the past, he recommends getting a pump to handle the potential flooding this year. He also reminds those who already have pumps to check them to make sure they work before any flooding starts.

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