Threat of Flooding near Mobile Home - How to Prepare?

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Old 02-12-14, 02:38 PM
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Question Threat of Flooding near Mobile Home - How to Prepare?

We live about 20 feet from a small creek, and the National Weather Service has predicted flooding from 3 storms. The first storm has raised the level to the brink of spilling over the banks. I'm worried that if it floods, we could get a lot of water under our mobile home. With the moisture barrier there, the water will just sit there unless I do something.

If it does flood, is taking off skirting afterward enough? Should I take off skirting in advance?

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Welcome to the forums Michelle!

Do you have any neighbors in the same predicament that maybe have been thru this before?

Can you sand bag along the creek or between the creek and your MH to stop the water before it gets there? I don't see any point in removing the skirting at this time. While the water should drain out from under the skirting, it would probably be wise to remove it so the air can get under the MH and better dry things out ..... if it gets that far.
 
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Old 02-12-14, 10:37 PM
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The neighbors right along the creek are new, but others might know whether it ever gets this far. We can't sandbag it I think because of the cost. I assume it would require some length, if not much height.

OK, hopefully it will only flood a bit of the lawn. But if it does reach us, I'll ventilate it after the water recedes.

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Sometimes you can get by with just diverting or preventing water at the upper portion of the creek. Water can back up where it isn't 'walled' off but doesn't always. If flooding is expected to be a reoccurring problem it would be a good idea to prepare in advance. Having sand bags on hand would be a good idea although another option would be to build some sort of retaining wall between you and the creek. The EPA doesn't like it when you mess with the creek bank but I think you can get by with erecting a wall a little ways back from the creek edge.

Hopefully you will be lucky and the water won't get high enough to reach your MH
 
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understand the financial part but what's the value of the structure should it be damaged compared to sandbagging ? being 20' FROM the creek's 1 thing - being on the same level as the top of the bank's quite another,,, guess you're lower than higher

IF it were ours, i'd remove skirting to prevent force of water & flood debris from damaging it,,, otherwise there's not a helluva lot you can do - hope the bank on the other side of the creek's lower than yours
 
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