Second-floor entrances as well as raising entire offices just a few options to avoid floods
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/01/2012 -- The Lipps bought their split-level in Millburn in 2006 where they raise their two children on what was, according to Stacey, “a terrific block.”
However, in late August of 2011, tropical storm Irene hit the state with heavy rains. Stacey said she gathered up the children and fled the house in the early mornings as the water had already reached knee-high levels on the first floor.
At the floods peak, “We had about 13 feet of water in the house, up to the second floor,” she stated. The entire entrance of the house was submerged.
“If we had stayed, we would have had to climb out a window and into a boat.”
Due to wanting to avoid such a crisis again, the family moved the front entrance to the house from the ground-level, to a second-level floor, and made other flood preparation alterations.
The family is still situated across the street from a branch of the Rahway River.
“We took steps to prevent as much water getting into the house as we can, but if water is going to come in, it’s going to find its way.”
Still, the alterations have helped ensure the family will not be trapped if such day ever comes.
They are among many homeowners and businesses that have taken extra steps to be prepared for other potentially devastating terms.
The Dental Associates of Denville undertook changes after Irene that were equally dramatic after its offices were flooded. The flooding destroyed thousands of dollars worth of equipment, prompting the association to make a change.
“We had to discard everything,” said Lew Figatner, who runs the practice across the street from the Rockaway River. “Chairs, instruments... everything was ruined. We didn’t want to go through it again.”
He thus had the entire one-story building raised up six full feet. An elevator and stairs were added to the building.
“It’s going to happen again,” Figatner said of the heavy rains and local flooding.
“Seven years ago, architects Nancy Dougherty and Claudio Breda opened Studio 1200 in Short Hills. Redesigning buildings to limit water damage “was not something we were addressing,” Dougherty said.
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