How to protect your property TODAY before more severe weather hits

May 14, 2024: Flooding is still bad in parts of Liberty County with more rain on the way. (Copyright 2024 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.)

With the severe weather and flooding recently, Houstonians are looking for ways to protect their homes from the weather.

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Here’s what you can do today to safeguard your property before a storm:

  • Check your roof for loose shingles and leaks to prevent major damage.
  • Trim aging trees with overhanging limbs to avoid potential hazards.
  • Ensure your plumbing system is well-maintained to prevent flooding and sewage backups.
  • Avoid covering AC units during floods to prevent electrocution hazards.
  • Stock up on essential supplies like water, canned food, flashlights, and medications to last through the storm and aftermath.
  • Prepare for your pets’ needs with enough food, water, medications, and a pet carrier, and keep a current photo of them in case they get lost.

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In addition, here are some tips from the Texas Severe Storms Association for dealing with flash floods:

  • Avoid low-water crossings and flood-prone areas when driving.
  • Leave your vehicle immediately if it stalls in flood waters and move to higher ground.
  • Keep away from flooded creeks, streams, or drainage ditches, especially children, as swift water can be dangerous.
  • Act quickly, as rising waters can make escape difficult, and soggy banks may collapse.

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About the Authors

Holly joined the KPRC 2 digital team in March 2024, leveraging her eight years of expertise in blogging and digital content to share her passion for Houston. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring the city's vibrant scenes, all while balancing her roles as a wife and mother to two toddlers.

Emmy-winning investigative reporter, insanely competitive tennis player, skier, weightlifter, crazy rock & roll drummer (John Bonham is my hero). Husband to Veronica and loving cat father to Bella and Meemo.

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