Purdue expert: Winter thaw runoff can damage homes

(WISH Photo/Kevin Ratermann)
(WISH Photo/Kevin Ratermann)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A Purdue Extension expert says homeowners can take steps now to prevent water damage to their homes as Indiana’s thick snowpack thaws out this week.

Disaster education specialist Steven Cain says homeowners should start by surveying the snow and ice that’s built up around their house over the winter. He says ice dams and high snowdrifts can block water runoff.

Cain says homeowners can help move meltwater away from their homes by digging a channel to funnel it to a lower grade. But Cain says care should be taken not to shift that water into their neighbors’ homes.

The National Weather Service says parts of northern Indiana have the equivalent of up to 4 inches of water in snow and ice, with the equivalent of 1-2 inches elsewhere in Indiana.

WISHTV.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s