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Minor Flooding At Church Serves As Reminder Of Spring Thaw

Updated: 03/12/2014 10:50 PM
Created: 03/12/2014 4:14 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

A forecast of warmer temperatures has many of us thinking spring, but with all our snow this winter the melt may mean more bad news than good.

At Our Savior's Lutheran Church in West Duluth, they are already having problems after Monday's melt.

"There were puddles all over," Kenneth Miller said. "The worst one was in the back in the boiler room. That was about four inches deep at the floor drain."

Miller said an ice dam is to blame. He said it forced water down the side of the foundation into the basement.

"We still have some situations with carpet down there," Miller said. "There's some stuff down there that's wet, but by in large, it's pretty much dried up."

While the flooding situation at the church will not interrupt worship services, it's a good reminder to prepare for the snow melt.

"Now is the time to call and go over your coverage with your agent," Solutions Insurance Agent Sonja Jones said.

Jones said flood insurance is usually required if you live in a flood risk zone, but some people want to play it safe. If you want to get flood insurance, there's a 30-day wait before it takes effect.

Jones said this spring may be brutal with all the snow on the ground.

"It all depends on how fast that snow melts," Jones said. " It's going to be quite dangerous out there if we get into the 40-degree weather and it's not a slow melt."

At the church, they're also praying spring comes slow.

Another insurance option that can be helpful is water and sewage backup coverage. That's separate from flood insurance.

Our Savior's Lutheran Church

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