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The Science Behind Winter Flooding

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know winds generated from winter storms can cause widespread tidal flooding and severe beach erosion along coastal areas?

While rapid snow melts and ice jams are typically blamed for flooding, the wind is not usually mentioned as a possible cause.

One of the best examples of this type of flooding occurring can be seen in the Great Lakes; winter storms can provide really strong winds that lift water levels higher on one side of the lake, causing this phenomenon known as a storm surge.

During the surge, water levels flow back to a normal level, causing a pendulum effect to take place. High water levels then begin to alternate from one side of the lake to the other until a balance returns and all is calm.

If you live in areas that are vulnerable to flooding caused by storm surges, or general flooding, contact your local SERVPRO and ask about our ERP!

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