Friday, June 14, 2019

A year after massive Center City water main break, repairs finally wrapping up - The Philadelphia Inquirer

A year after massive Center City water main break, repairs finally wrapping up - The Philadelphia Inquirer

A year after massive Center City water main break, repairs finally wrapping up - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Posted: 14 Jun 2019 10:46 AM PDT

Those affected can also apply for a claim for damages and loss of revenue, though there's a city-liability cap of $500,000 for all businesses. According to DiGiulio, the claims process is ongoing, with more than a million dollars in claims submitted, "well over" the cap. Disbursement amounts haven't been determined.

Salem water main break repairs impacting MBTA Commuter Rail parking - Boston 25 News

Posted: 14 Jun 2019 03:05 AM PDT

SALEM, Mass. - Crews have isolated a break in 20-inch water main that failed in Salem Thursday night, sending water gushing into the street, but the cleanup and repairs will impact Friday morning's commute.

The break happened around 8:30 p.m. Thursday on Bridge Street, near the access road to the Commuter Rail station. 

The City of Salem wrote on Twitter that access to the MBTA parking garage for Friday morning will only be accessible from the eastbound side of Bridge Street.

The MBTA is recommending commuters allow extra time Friday morning.

The water flooded streets after the break Thursday night. 

The city also advised Salem residents that the break could cause discolored water and low pressure. While most residents will have water restored in the morning, part of Bridge Street could remain closed until later in the day to repair the road.

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BBB Tip: Preparing for and Recovering from Flooding - News15 | Lafayette, LA - FOX 15

Posted: 13 Jun 2019 12:25 PM PDT

          With Hurricane season in full swing, the Better Business Bureau Serving Acadiana urges all homeowners to take care when choosing businesses and contractors to help with the cleanup work after a hurricane or any major storm.  Quick action can minimize disastrous effects on businesses and homes. According to FEMA, just one inch of water in a home can cost more than $25,000 in damage.

          Water Damage Restoration: What to Do When Your House is Flooded, BBB offers these tips:

·         Check your insurance policy – Flood damage is not covered by standard homeowners or renters insurance policies. In some high-risk flood areas, home and business owners may be required by law to carry flood insurance.

·         Repairing the damage – Don't make any permanent changes to your property until you get approval from your insurance provider. Take photos of the storm damage to show your insurance company.

·         Get multiple opinions – Shop around and get at least three different estimates before deciding on a contractor. Make sure the estimates are broken down the same way.  Research company profiles at to find reputable contractors.

·         Ask for proof of liability, workers compensation, and licensing

·         Get everything in writing – Demand a written contract from anyone you hire. Clearly written, detailed proposals that are broken down into separate line items are a good sign that the contractor is being thorough and has prepared an accurate estimate. The following is a partial list of things your estimate or proposal should include:

1.    The type of material being used, manufacturer, and color

2.    Scope of work to be done, including material and labor costs

3.    Who is responsible for repairing/replacing exterior landscape or interior finishes that are damaged during the course of the work?

4.    Approximate starting and completion dates

5.    Payment procedures

6.    Length of warranty and what is covered, e.g., workmanship, water leakage, etc.

7.    Who will haul away the old materials and project waste? Is there an extra charge for this service?

·         Beware of Scams: It is also wise to be on the lookout for scammers who are seeking to take advantage of an owners haste to repair the damage. Here are a few red flags to be wary of:

1.    Door-to-door workers who claim to have leftover materials. If salespeople go door-to-door, check to see if your community requires them to have solicitation permits and ask for identification. Take your time to research the business before contacting them to pursue further details and agreements.

2.    A contractor who shows up unannounced and claims your home is unsafe. If you are concerned about possible structural damage in your home, have an engineer, architect, or building official inspect it. An unethical contractor may actually create damage to get work.

3.    Never pay in full for all repairs in advance. While many companies may ask for a deposit, BBB suggests that no more than one-third of the job be paid up front. Be sure the contract specifies the schedule for releasing payments to the contractor. The final payment should be made only after the work is complete and all subcontractors have been paid.

4.    Businesses without local addresses. When looking for a reputable business that can help with the cleanup, start by visiting Always ask for references and verify them independently.

          You can find more information on home improvement scams here. Go to BBB Scam Tracker to see if others have reported a scam, or to report a scam yourself.

Flood Preparedness: How to Prepare for a Flood Disaster

          If you haven't been affected by storm damage, you should still prepare in case of future disasters. Here are some simple steps that businesses and homeowners can take to reduce the impact of natural disasters:

  • Take pictures/video of your business or home as a point of reference in the event of an emergency.
  • Back up critical digital files on a portable external hard drive and store it away from the office.
  • Properly anchor fuel and propane tanks, so they don't float away in case of flooding. Also, ensure you keep your fuel levels full ahead of storms.
  • Have copies of your insurance policies on hand and have an electronic version available.
  • Collect family photos and other mementos in a centralized and easily accessible area, preferably in a watertight container.
  • Keep medicines together in a waterproof container.
  • Prepare an emergency kit with a change of clothes, weather appropriate footwear, flashlight, water, and battery or crank operated radio to monitor the weather without electricity.
  • Discuss your emergency plan with your family. Designate a "safe place" inside if you have to take shelter and a meeting place outside in case you have to evacuate.

"Look for the Seal" and Start with Trust®. BBB Serving Acadiana is a private non-profit organization. BBB strives for a trustworthy marketplace by maintaining standards for truthful advertising, investigating and exposing fraud against consumers and businesses.

Please contact Better Business Bureau at 24 hours a day for information on businesses throughout North America. Consumers can also sign up for our free BBB "Scoop" eNewsletter by visiting and clicking on the "Programs & Services" tab.

           BBB Serving Acadiana services the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Landry and Vermilion.

Experts Come to CO to Talk Watershed Restoration, Climate Change - Public News Service

Posted: 14 Jun 2019 12:07 AM PDT

Engineers restoring some areas impacted by extreme flooding are deploying four-stage channel designs that emulate river systems to naturally accommodate water flows during drought and 100-year floods. (FEMA)

Engineers restoring some areas impacted by extreme flooding are deploying four-stage channel designs that emulate river systems to naturally accommodate water flows during drought and 100-year floods. (FEMA)

June 14, 2019

ESTES PARK, Colo. – The Rocky Mountain Stream Restoration Conference comes to Estes Park next week, bringing watershed experts and engineers to the state.

Russ Schumacher – associate professor and Colorado State University's climatologist – says it's an opportunity for policymakers to look at a host of challenges facing the Intermountain West, such as extreme weather events like the Big Thompson and 2013 floods in Lyons and Boulder.

Schumacher says mitigating flash floods is especially important along the Front Range, where moisture from the Gulf of Mexico pours down through steep canyons.

"Clearly extreme precipitation and flooding has always happened, but there's also kind of growing evidence that the warming climate and more moisture in the atmosphere is leading to more extreme precipitation," says Schumacher.

He says hotter and more destructive wildfires also need to be addressed. Burn scars don't absorb water, so heavy rains can send crippling debris flows into streams, affecting fish habitat and drinking water.

He adds while population growth and development in flood plains have put structures and people at risk, cities and counties can restore flows in ways that limit flood damage and even capture water for drier days.

Dave Rosgen, the owner of Wildland Hydrology, speaks on Tuesday about natural channel design, which he describes as a four-stage approach that emulates stable waterways to accommodate water needs during drought as well as 100-year floods.

He says streams can be stabilized, for example, by adding willows and cottonwoods, which send their roots into wood workers sink into the riverbanks.

"Very natural and aesthetically pleasing, as opposed to hard control with high walls of concrete," says Rosgen. "And the use of 'toe wood' is really helpful for not only reducing bank erosion, but really helps for fish habitat."

Rosgen adds natural channel design costs about ten cents on the dollar compared with hard-control designs that he says end up being temporary after the next 100-year storm.

The conference, organized by Resource Institute, starts Tuesday, June 18, at the Stanley Hotel. Information is online at ''

Eric Galatas, Public News Service - CO

Supervisors approve $15 million contract with state for Middle Creek Restoration Project - Lake County News

Posted: 14 Jun 2019 03:47 AM PDT

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Supervisors approve $15 million contract with state for Middle Creek Restoration Project  Lake County News

LAKEPORT, Calif. – The long-running Middle Creek Restoration Project, which is designed to massively reduce sedimentation and nutrient load in order to ...

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