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After the snow melts, the flooding will begin. Here's how to prepare

February 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The Trinity River is mostly frozen after a snow storm Monday, Sept. 15, 2021, in Fort Worth, Texas. A frigid blast of winter weather across the U.S. has left more than 2 million people in Texas without power. (Yffy Yossifor/Star-Telegram via AP)

You're probably familiar with the dangers that snow and ice pose for motorists. But how about your home?

Soon, warmer temperatures will thaw that snow and ice, creating snowmelt runoff and increasing the risk for leaks and floods.

Sudden temperature swings can cause snow to melt quickly, increasing the risk for snowmelt runoff and floods.

Pay attention to the forecast to get a sense of how fast you'll need to act to prevent water damage.

To limit the damage caused by snowmelt runoff and flooding, Erie Insurance advises homeowners to "hit the street" with their shovels, clearing nearby storm sewers of debris and snow.

NDSU advises homeowners to move snow a few feet away from their homes so that water doesn't drip along basement walls, seep inside and cause damage.

"As little as 6 inches of melting snow and ice can lead to flooding," the insurance company in Cooperstown, New York, says on its website.

Because frozen pipes often lead to cracked ones, you should turn off the water before the ice melts.

This way, water doesn't leak inside your home and cause expensive damage.

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