Recent Storm Damage Posts

Hurricane Florence

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Florence SERVPRO of Plymouth / Wareham crew members preparing to dispatch for a Storm Event following Hurricane Florence.

SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham heads to the Carolinas in preparation for Hurricane Florence

One of our crews here at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham packed up early this morning to head down to the Carolinas in preparation for Hurricane Florence. The storm crew consisted of a Production Manager, a Crew Chief, and two highly skilled technicians. SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham has been to several “Storm Events” within the last few months, but this one is anticipated to be the most catastrophic.  The crew packed up 3 SERVPRO vans and a 26-foot trailer full of generators, air movers, dehumidifiers, sub pumps, and various other necessary equipment needed to help restore damage the impending hurricane is expected to cause.

By late this evening, the Carolina coasts can expect strong winds over 80 MPH. What will be most dangerous to the Carolina residents are the storm surges. A storm surge is a coastal flood or tsunami-like phenomenon of rising water, and Hurricane Florence will be causing storm surges as high as 9 to 13 feet. According to North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, “Tens of thousands of structures are expected to be flooded, and many more by rising rivers and creeks.”

Hurricane Florence is expected to hover over the Carolinas, dumping persistent rainfall and hurricane-force winds until Saturday. Florence is expected to unload approximately 10 trillion gallons of rainfall in North Carolina by the time it passes. Its center will approach the North and South Carolina coasts later tonight as well as Friday. The actual landfall will be Friday afternoon at the earliest according to Neil Jacobs of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Over one million residents have been ordered to evacuate, however many residents do not want to leave their homes. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said no one will be able to save at-risk residents if they choose to ride it out. Florence is expected to dump up to 40 inches of rain. According to Duke Energy, the nation’s No. 2 power company, Florence could knock out electricity for almost one million customers in the Carolinas- and outages could last for weeks.

In preparation for these outages, our crew stocked up on necessities such as bottled water, canned goods, first aid supplies, batteries, and other essentials. We will be stopping in Delaware tonight to get rest and to see how the progression of Hurricane Florence is coming along. Our crew will make their way to the Carolina coasts as soon as it is safe to do so. Depending on the level of damage, we could be down in the Carolinas for several months. Stay tuned to our website and Social Media platforms for more coverage on this Storm Event, as well as exclusive picture and video content provided by our crew members here at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham!

Our crew heads to PA for a Storm Event!

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our crew heads to PA for a Storm Event! 4 man crew from Plymouth, MA successfully takes on another Storm Event in South Hills, PA. (from left to right: Ryan, Nick, Riley and Jay)

South Hills, PA Microburst

On Saturday June 21st, South Hills in PA got hit with a microburst that caused widespread water damage in several of the local homes. One of our crews had just returned from a storm event in Maryland when we heard the news, so the boys weren’t home for long before they packed up the SERVPRO vans again for yet another storm event road trip!

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a microburst as “a violent short-lived localized downdraft that creates extreme wind shears at low altitudes and is usually associated with thunderstorms”. Microbursts are probably of the least acknowledged weather phenomena; however, they can be quite destructive. Wind speeds associated with microbursts can reach up to 100 mpg or higher and are usually less than or equal to 2.5 miles in diameter. Unlike tornadoes, microburst winds travel down and outward (and do not rotate). They usually occur during thunderstorms and come with little to no warning.

Most of the damage our crew encountered in the South Hills area was a result of sewage water flooding caused by the microburst. Sewage water is also commonly referred to as Category 3 water or black water. Black water is highly unsanitary, and is known to contain pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents. Black water damage restoration should always be handled by professionals (like us!).

In some cases, homes affected by water damage can be dried out and the materials (such as the carpets and pads) can be salvaged. When it comes to Category 3 water damages, these materials cannot be salvaged and must be torn out, bagged up, and properly disposed of. The home is then treated with anti-microbial agents to ensure harmful microorganisms are killed.

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Ellicott City Flood

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Ellicott City Flood Vans loaded with equipment drive from Plymouth, MA to Ellicott City, MD.

Ellicott City Flood, SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham springs to action

Several of our crew members here at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham met at our warehouse on Sunday, June 3rd to pack up and head out to Ellicott City, MD to help with the flood damages once again. We responded to the first flood that happened July 30th, 2016, so our crew knew what to expect.

On Sunday, May 28th, 2018 Ellicott City was hit by another major flood. Nearly 8 inches of rain fall fell in a matter of hours (approximately two months’ worth of rain).  Both the county executive and governor had declared the downtown area as in a state of emergency. Gas and electric had been shut off so power lines and gas mains could be assessed. An incident management team of 60 people provided assistance to the people of Howard County and Ellicott City. Those who were in need of emergency lodging were told of several local churches locations that were offering shelter. Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said he was both devastated and heartbroken at a press conference that Sunday night.

Main Street in Ellicott City had been in a state of rebuilding since the 2016 flood. Governor Larry Hogan said at the Sunday press conference that “[The flood] is as bad or worse than the storm two years ago”. Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said “… this is worse than July 30th, 2016”. Preliminary reports indicated that Sunday’s rainfall exceeded that of the flood two years ago. In 2016 Meteorologists dismissed the flood as a “1-in-1,000 year rain event”.

SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham is currently in Maryland servicing Ellicott City, Catonsville, Baltimore and Laurel. We are working our hardest to help these residents restore their homes back to their pre-storm conditions.

10 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 10 Tips to Prepare Your  Home for Hurricane Season 10 Tips To Prepare for Hurricane Season 2018

Preparing your Plymouth/Wareham Home for Hurricane Season

In a little over a week it will be hurricane season yet again. Last hurricane season was predicted to be “above-normal”, with major hurricanes like Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma proving that prediction true. This year’s hurricane prediction hasn’t yet been announced by the Climate Prediction Center. However, if this season is anything like last season, we are hoping these tips on preparing your home for hurricane season will come in handy.


  1. Make sure your insurance policy will cover the full cost of rebuilding your home if it is destroyed during a storm.
  2. Consider getting flood insurance. Floods often follow a storm- and many homeowner insurance policies do not cover them.
  3. Take an inventory of your property, so that in the event of a storm you know exactly what you need to replace and how much it’s worth.
  4. Trim or remove damaged trees and limbs surrounding your home
  5. Retrofit your roof and seal all windows and doors so that they are secure. Consider adding roof straps if you have access to your roof via an attic
  6. Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and make sure you clear any clogged areas to prevent any water damage
  7. Install a vertical garage door brace into your existing garage door so that it doesn’t blow in during a storm
  8. Make sure not to leave any furniture outside that could be picked up by strong winds and transformed into a projectile (such as patio furniture, grills, decorations etc.)
  9. Consider purchasing a portable generator for use during power outages
  10. Look into building a FEMA safe room for your property, click here for more info!

As football player Jack Youngblood once said, “Good luck is a residue of preparation”. If by chance you aren’t so lucky this hurricane season, give SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham a call. We can help restore your property back to it’s pre-storm condition. Give us a call at (508) 746-9500

It's Almost Hurricane Season!

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage It's Almost Hurricane Season! HURRICANE SEASON 2018 STARTS JUNE 1ST!

Hurricane Season 2018

Hurricane season is almost here. Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1st, with peak activity starting to happen in Mid-August. A hurricane is a tropical cyclone with high sustained wind speeds of at least 39 mph. There are 5 Categories of hurricanes which are based off those sustained wind speeds. Once a hurricane reaches 74-95mph, it is considered a Category 1. Here is a list of the 5 Categories of hurricanes and the sustained wind speeds associated with them.

  • Category 1 (74-95 mph)
  • Category 2 (96-110 mph)
  • Category 3 (111-129 mph)
  • Category 4 (130-156 mph)
  • Category 5 (157mph or higher)

The Climate Prediction Center has 3 classifications for hurricane seasons based on the number of tropical storms and hurricanes. Here are the 3 classifications:

  • Below-normal: between 4 and 9 tropical storms and between 2 to 4 hurricanes
  • Near-normal: between 10 to 15 tropical storms and between 4 and 9 hurricanes
  • Above-normal: between 12 and 28 tropical storms and between 7 and 15 hurricanes

Hurricane season 2017 was above-normal with 17 named storms, 10 of which became hurricanes (with six of those reaching major hurricane status). The Climate Prediction Center releases its hurricane season forecast at the end of May each year- so keep your eyes peeled!

No matter what the Climate Prediction Center forecasts this year, you should always be prepared during hurricane season. If disaster does strike- SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition, “Like it never even happened.”

When Storms or Floods hit the Plymouth/Wareham area, SERVPRO is ready!

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit the Plymouth/Wareham area, SERVPRO is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Plymouth/Wareham

SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When a storm hits, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (508) 746-9500