California Residents! How Seriously Are You Taking El Nino?

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California Residents!

How Seriously Are You Taking



El Nino?


Part 1



The Things That Hang Above


Having been disaster response contractors for the past 3 decades we've seen it all. Be it FIRE, EARTHQUAKE, HURRICANE, TORNADO or FLOODS. We've been there and done it. Believe me it's not fun for us as contractors and it's definitely miserable and extremely costly for HOMEOWNERS.


No matter how loud our public emergency providers, cities, states and even federal emergency and disaster responders blow the bugle and sound the alarms there are always those that just don't get it. Or worse don't seem to care. Until it's too late that is and then find themselves totally dependent on first responders and we taxpayers to help bail them out. 


As long time Active Rain members and contributors we are once again going to try our best to enlighten folks to take the time to understand what may lie ahead during the eminent and what could be very wet El Nino Season that is currently looming in California. and what you can do to protect your home and family against an impending disaster. 


The photo above certainly looks beautiful and is no doubt keeping within
what has become a typical beautiful California landscape. But let there be no doubt it doesn't come without its caveats.

Scenes like the photo to the left are all too common. Albeit they look great and do provide a degree of privacy, beauty and shade when a huge wet event occurs they can become your enemy.


These situations can and often do lead to and exacerbate other problems that we have and will be discussing in past and future posts. However, all these beautiful overhanging trees and branches can and usually do end up costing the homeowner a lot of time, money, inconvenience and perhaps even displacement from their homes if not addressed proactively and well in advance.


The photo to the right which is directly under the other photos shows the awning and rain gutters completely clogged and totally incapable of being able to catch, divert and escort water from this residence. 


As a result what you see here ended up on the ground all around and under this and several other homes thereby causing major flooding and mandatory evacuation from several homes for several days if not even weeks or months. In some cases total homes were destroyed and those homeowners who were under or not insured were out everything and in many cases were never made whole again.


This whole ordeal ended up impacting an entire manufactured home community back in the '97-'98 El Nino and folks even had to be evacuated by inflatable boats and helicopters.  But don't be lulled into thinking it can only happen in manufactured home communities. We've seen this happen in some of the most upscale communities in and around Southern California with homes costing several millions of dollars. 


No doubt about it you're getting this directly from the source. Floods and water/rain related damage can be just as devastating as a fire or earthquake. In this last photo is an example of what you as a homeowner can and should do to make sure your home is protected.  We will be discussing this in more detail in our final part dealing with preventative measures and solutions.


Real Estate Professionals, lenders, contractors and industry stakeholders also have a moral responsibility to share information and knowledge with not only their clients but their friends and neighbors as well. At the end of the day we're all in this together and even if you're prepared your neighbor may not be and could end up impacting you.


By all means feel free to pass this along to

any and everyone you know who could

become potential victims.



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Comments (6)

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I have little doubt that we will see a lot of damage from El Nino ... damage that could have been prevented if homeowners do what can be done to ensure the water can flow off and away from their homes.  The State, County and City play a role as well.

Sep 11, 2015 03:28 AM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

Kathleen Daniels You're spot on about civic responsibility, however, as the ole saying goes about leading the horse to the water. At the end of the day it's not up to government to get us all personally prepared. There are things we must all do to help ourselves.

Sep 11, 2015 03:39 AM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

The affects of El Nino seem to be everywhere.  This year, the weather is not typically in any part of the country in my opinion.  We had record rains and flooding here in Colorado which reulted in never before seen basement flooding and evidence of mold.  For a state with very low humidity, this is strange.  We all need to be prepared for anything these days.

Sep 11, 2015 03:49 AM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

Belinda Spillman Mold is a very common and expected by product of the El Nino condition as it's largely a very tropical and humid event. No doubt we'll be dealing with millions if not billions of dollars in mold related damages many of whch could be prevented with a little proactivity. 

Sep 11, 2015 03:57 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

There was something in the air as I watered my rose bushes in April that had me thinking this coming winter was going to bring epic rains.  Then in early summer the scientists began singing "El Nino." 

I've been doing little things around my house for the past few months to ready as much as I can for coming storms.  I have a new roof.  My home is in good shape, but I did regrade some of the soil to divert water away from the foundation more.

Sep 11, 2015 07:03 AM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

Myrl Jeffcoat Smart lady. I just hope more folks are following your lead. Main thing is to just make sure your rain gutters and downspouts are clean and free flowing which you can check with a garden hose. Also make sure that the runoff from around your home isn't ponding somewhere and follow it to the storm street gutters and/or the storm drain to make sure it's clear and free flowing all the way. Good luck kiddo.

Sep 11, 2015 08:05 AM