Hurricane Barry, Now a Tropical Storm, Causes Safety Concerns for Homeowners.

Over this past weekend, Hurricane Barry – now downgraded to a tropical storm – proved surprising. The hurricane, which was anticipated to cause widespread flooding, evacuation, and chaos, brought about high winds and rain, with minor flooding in some areas. Yes, some areas closest to the coast still evacuated. There were even reports of the National Guard being dispatched throughout southern Louisiana, with additional aircraft and transportation readily available.

Thankfully, it all changed when Hurricane Barry reached land. It could have been very different, like Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a recent interview in Morgan City, La.

“I, for one, am extremely grateful that the forecasted rains and flooding did not materialize,” he said. “This was a storm…that could have played out very, very differently.”

He’s right. A change in the wind could have blown the storm closer to land faster, leading to even more damage. If the storm had slowed down while over land, the rainfall and flooding would have been considerable. As it stands, the storm continued on its path perfectly.

However, not all is well. Even when downgraded to a tropical storm, there are still risks to your home and family. Even a tropical storm can bring intense rains, high wind speeds, storm debris, and flooding in some areas. A broken levy or higher-than-average river can pose a problem to nearby communities.

During the remainder of Tropical Storm Barry, consider the infographic below. You’ll note a number of useful storm safety tips to keep your entire family and home safe for the duration of the bad weather.

If your property does suffer storm damage, know that Restoration 1 of Gulf Coast is prepared to offer exceptional storm recovery services. Give us a call at 228-231-9745!

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