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What Homeowners Can Do to Prepare Before Heavy Rain

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    Steps You Can Take Before the Rain

    Here are some steps you can take before the rain begins. (Published Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018)

    The combination of melting snow and heavy rain tomorrow might lead to flooding and there are precautions homeowners can take to protect their property. 

    Fire officials in Colchester recommend that residents move the snow and water away from your house today to prevent flooding tomorrow. 

    “If we have snow on the ground, the water can’t run. It’s going to run back toward your house, close to your home and your foundation,” Colchester deputy fire chief Don Lee said. “It’s going to come into your home.” 

    If you have a sump pump, attach it and check it today. 

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    Residents should also check gutters and clear the area around downspouts so water can drain away from the foundation.

    "Homeowners, get out there. Make sure your gutters are clear. Make sure your downspouts are clear,"Lee said. "We've got snow on the ground. Shovel out those downspouts."

    He also recommended moving any electrical equipment off the basement floor in the event of a water problem.

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