Get Ready for Melting

As people continue to clear roofs of snow and ice and widen driveways, the Avon Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) has some advice for local residents and businesses:  Get Ready for Melting.

“We’re expecting warmer temperatures over the next couple of days and there’s also rain in the forecast, so it’s imperative that people prepare for melting snow and possible flooding,” says Michael Trick, Chief of the Avon Volunteer Fire Department.  “There’s going to be a lot of water and we’re going to have just as much trouble finding somewhere for it to go as we’ve had making room for all the snow.”

To prevent flooding in homes and offices, Trick recommends the following:

  • Make sure snow is cleared away from home and other building foundations; and
  • Make sure draining water has a way to escape low-lying and poorly-drained areas so it doesn’t enter buildings.
  • Purchase a pump to safeguard homes/businesses and remove water less than two inches deep.

In the event water does enter a building, Trick advises residents and business to call the AVFD for help.

“If water is greater than two inches deep, presents a safety issue impacting furnaces, or otherwise indicates imminent danger, we urge people to call 911,” says Trick.