It’s been an unusually rainy season for Sioux Falls. The month of June brought record rainfall, with the region getting more than 10 inches above the average amount. All of that extra water caused problems for many homeowners when it seeped into basements, caused sewer backup, and burst pipes.
Everyone is at some risk for flooding and sewer backup. While the wet weather has slowed so far in July, here are some important reminders for how to stay safe if waters rise – and how to mitigate the damage and danger to your health if water accumulates in your home.
Floodwater carries with it bacteria that can cause serious illness, so it is vital to disinfect everything that has been contaminated. Remember that not all water damage is visible.
According to the National Flood Insurance Program, the average flood insurance claim from 2008 to 2012 amounted to nearly $42,000. Because water in your home and drain pipe back up can be difficult and expensive to repair, you should seek legal advice if you suspect the damages may have been caused, or even contributed to, by another party. An attorney can help you determine who bears responsibility for damages, and help you seek legal recourse for repair costs.
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Lawyers from Johnson, Janklow, and Abdallah regularly participate in legal education by judging intramural student skills competitions; helping prepare our nationally competitive litigation skills teams; serving or leading the South Dakota State Bar's Law School Committee; and, from time to time , providing guest lecturers. The Law School is grateful for the generous participation of lawyers like those from Johnson, Janklow, and Abdallah.