What to Do After a Flood? Resources for Nashua Residents and Businesses
NASHUA – On Monday, Sept. 11, the Greater Nashua area experienced a flash flood with the National Weather Service confirming more than five inches of rain falling in a matter of hours. The flash flood resulted in flooded roadways and numerous calls for emergency assistance to Nashua Fire Rescue and Nashua Police. Individual homes and businesses were also impacted by the flooding. As the recovery efforts are underway, there are resources available to assist in safe clean-up.
Buildings that received flood damage to basements that impacted any building’s electrical or heating systems should have that damage properly assessed by licensed contractors to prevent additional hazards such as fire or carbon monoxide.
Finished basements that received flood water damage that will result in the removal of interior finishes such as drywall should obtain a building permit from the Nashua Department of Building Safety, have the electrical and heating systems evaluated by a licensed contractor, and have proper inspections conducted to restore those areas.
To have a representative of the Nashua Department of Building Safety contact you please contact the Nashua Department of Emergency Management at the Emergency Information Line at 603-589-3456 to provide your information.
Flood Recovery Resources
Insurance: Document your damage and call your insurance company to file a claim. It’s essential to start this process as soon as possible to expedite your recovery. Your insurance provider can guide you on the necessary steps to assess and document the damage.
Safe Clean-Up: Visit www.epa.gov/flooded-homes
211 – United Way: New Hampshire United Way 211 is a valuable resource that can direct individuals to additional resources for clean-up and recovery. You can reach NH United Way 211 at 866-444-4211. They can help you find assistance programs, volunteer opportunities, and other support services.
American Red Cross: The American Red Cross is committed to helping those affected by disasters, including floods. They provide assistance for clean-up and offer resources for temporary housing. Contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-Red-Cross (1-800-733-2767) to access their support services.
Flood Preparedness and Safety
The Nashua Office of Emergency Management encourages all residents and businesses to prepare for future threats and hazards from flooding. Flooding can happen unexpectedly, and taking proactive steps to safeguard your property and loved ones is crucial. Explore your options for Flood Insurance by visiting www.FloodSmart.gov. Being adequately insured can make a significant difference in your ability to recover after a flood.