Lisa Varano, staff writer
October 18, 2010 — What do you do when the rain has washed out your home? The Weather Network's Vancouver reporter, Oga Nwobosi, found out.
Across Canada, heavy amounts of rain have created huge damages in recent months. The Prairies had an exceptionally wet summer. Newfoundland was devastated by Igor. And British Columbia keeps getting hit by Pacific lows.
If severe weather strikes where you live and damages your home, you have two options: Take the do-it-yourself route, or call in the professionals. Restoration companies can clean, dry out and store items from damaged homes.
When a rainstorm hits, Jay Dargatz gets flooded with calls. He's seen a jump in calls about flooded basements and leaking roofs since the beginning of September.
“We had a heavy rainstorm one weekend. I think probably rain for 24 hours solid,” says Dargatz, who has a home restoration company based in B.C.
“Our after-hours emergency line got roughly six- to eight-times the number of calls that we would normally get on an average weekend -- and they were all weather-related, rain-related water damage.”
To stay a step ahead of the storms, check out these Weather and Your Home Tips.