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Oxnard Fires, Floods, and Mudslides Are Events Needing Help from a Cleanup and Restoration Company Like SERVPRO
Oxnard and Disasters Like Wildfires and Floods--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Recovery
Experience Helps When Dealing with Flood Damage in Oxnard
Dealing with a flooded property in Oxnard is not as easy as it might seem. Apart from extracting water from the structure and drying it, one must also deal with contaminants such as raw sewage introduced into the property by the floodwaters. In most cases, this involves tearing down and replacing affected porous materials. Removal of debris such as silt or mud is also necessary. Our IICRC certified team relies on extensive experience and state-of-the-art equipment to restore properties after a flood "Like it never even happened."
Among the most important steps during the restoration of flood damage in Oxnard, is the extraction of the water pooling around the property. Such water continues to damage the property when left standing. For example, it might lead to rot if wooden materials are exposed, rust in metallic items and mold growth in many organic materials. Our SERVPRO technicians use various equipment including pumps and water extractors to remove such water. For moisture in wall cavities, we can use specialized equipment like the injectidry system.
Effective cleanup and safe disposal of the debris left by the floodwaters is also essential. Our SERVPRO crew sprays EPA- registered disinfectants in the affected areas before starting the removal. We also wear protective clothing such as rubber boots, respirators, splash goggles, and full bodysuits when handling the waste. By protecting ourselves, we can handle cleanup without fear, guaranteeing better results. We easily shovel out any silt left by the floodwaters or use pressure washers to remove mud and other forms of soiling.
It is possible to spread contaminants from one area to another during the restoration process. For example, if sewage has backed up, those doing restoration might spread it from lower rooms to rooms on upper floors. Our SERVPRO technicians help prevent this by creating containment zones. We can do source containment which involves removal of the affected material, local containment by building an enclosure with plastic sheets, or full-scale containment.
Guesswork can ruin the restoration process after flood damage. Call SERVPRO of Oxnard to help. You can reach us at (805) 984-2347 any day.
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Evacuations issued as largest storm of season heads toward Ventura County, Thomas Fire area
"Authorities issued evacuations for communities throughout the Thomas Fire burn scar as what could be the biggest storm of the season heads toward Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
The storm is expected to reach Ventura County on Tuesday afternoon or evening.
The forecast calls for heavy rain Wednesday and Thursday. The worst of the it seemed headed toward Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, where the recent Thomas Fireburned 440 square miles.
The blaze left miles of scorched and bare hillsides vulnerable to debris flows and flooding.
“These are the areas we know already are very vulnerable during intense precipitation,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA. “But this also, unfortunately, happens to be the region that looks like it will be hardest hit by this storm.”"
Read more at Evacuations issued as largest storm of season heads toward Ventura County, Thomas Fire area
Big rain coming! Check out these tips from VCFD.
TIPS: READY FOR RAIN
In anticipation of the forecasted rainy weather, Ventura County public safety agencies are encouraging people to prepare.
Residents living in, and around Thomas Fire burn areas or near flood-prone areas, need to prepare for this storm as well as the rest of the rainy season. Plan ahead by signing up to receive mobile emergency text alerts at www.VCAlert.org and taking the following additional steps:
- Sign-up to receive “VC Alert” mobile messages by contacting VC Alert Hotline at (805) 648-9283 or visiting www.vcalert.org. Subscribers will receive emergency notifications such as evacuation notices specific to their neighborhood.
- Make a supply kit for your home and car - flashlight, water, food, personal medical supplies, filled prescriptions and a charged smartphone with internet access in case local roads are temporarily closed.
- Download a “Ready, Set, Go!” flood preparation plan and follow its guidance. For information inEspañol, click here.
Read more at Tips: Ready for Rain
Storms coming, watch for flooding and mudslides!
Cold, potentially wet weather headed toward the Central Coast Monday night has the potential to cause problems in areas burned by the Thomas Fire.
In Ventura County, showers are forecast to arrive around 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. Tuesday, said Kathy Hoxsie, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.
"It isn't a big rainmaker," she said of the system.
But the slight chance of thunderstorms now predicted has raised concerns. Whenever there are thunderstorms, she said, there is the possibility of concentrated rain in a short time period.
If that happens over the wrong location — such as the Thomas Fire burn scar — that could cause problems, Hoxsie said.
Intense rain over the Thomas Fire burn area led to deadly flooding and mudslides in Montecito on Jan 9. Twenty-one people died and two others are presumed dead."
Read more at Thunderstorms possible Monday night as chilly air heads toward Ventura County
Water Damage Restoration Tips Hurricane Victims Often Miss
In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, many homeowners are struggling to get up to speed on water damage restoration—the process it takes to repair a home that's endured a flood or other water-related problems.
Even at the minor level of a leaky roof or burst pipe, water damage can easily hit homeowners with bills amounting to several thousand dollars—and with a hurricane, that number can skyrocket. All told, estimates from AccuWeather put the damage from Irma at more than $100 billion, and Harvey at $190 billion, which makes summer 2017 the costliest weather disaster season in U.S. history.
The good news: Water damage restoration is typically covered by insurance—be it flood insurance or a basic homeowners policy. According to the Insurance Information Institute, water damage makes up about 20% of all insurance claims in the U.S.
Read more at Water Damage Restoration Tips Hurricane Victims Often Miss
Storm-lashed roads, dams could cost $1B to fix
FRESNO - The bill to repair California's crumbling roads, dams and other critical infrastructure hammered by an onslaught of storms this winter could top $1 billion, including nearly $600 million alone for damaged roadways that more than doubles what the state budgeted for road repair emergencies, officials said Friday.
Adding to the problems, many communities have drained their emergency budgets and are looking to the state and federal government for help. But on top of the latest damage, the nation's most populated state is struggling with a $6 billion annual backlog of repairs for roads, highways and bridges that leaders can't agree on a way to fund.
Winter storms have dumped enough rain and snow on the northern part of the state to end a five-year drought. But with the wet weather, comes a host of problems for crumbling infrastructure"
Storm-lashed roads, dams could cost $1B to fix
More rain coming for Oxnard
Two separate storm systems will hit Ventura County on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
The first storm began overnight and is expected to last through Monday afternoon, said Carol Smith, a meteorologist with the weather service in Oxnard. The second storm will begin Monday evening and continue with scattered showers through Tuesday.
According to Smith, the first storm will bring half an inch to an inch of rainfall to coastal plains and valleys, and an inch to 1.5 inches to the mountains. Snow levels are expected to stay above 7,500 feet due to higher temperatures, she said.
The weather service estimates the second storm will bring about a quarter of an inch of rainfall by Wednesday morning, bringing a total of three-quarters of an inch to 1.75 inches over the next few days."
Read more at Two storms to hit Ventura County by Wednesday
Oxnard coping with weekend storm
The third in a series of storms to hit the county caused flooding and road closures, stranded motorists and prompted a voluntary evacuation order for Camarillo Springs Sunday morning.
The rain, which tapered off by Sunday evening, was forecast to continue into Monday night with a chance of thunderstorms, according to Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.
On Sunday morning, a total of 161 homes in Camarillo Spring's Divisions A, B, C and D were placed on a voluntary evacuation order by officials from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services, but it was lifted by 4:30 p.m.
While Sunday's non-stop heavy downpour left a couple motorists stranded, there was no significant debris or mudflow at the Camarillo Springs neighborhood, said Kevin McGowan, county Sheriff's OES manager."