How would you set up storage in a area prone to flooding

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  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 16, 2018
    Place a storage shed on an elevated cement slab. Pour stairs leading up to the entrance. A portable ramp would make moving or driving machinery inside much easier.

  • Know your flood line. Store everything above the anticipated flood line. Use walls, built in shelving would be a great option in the garage if you have space. Use all the overhead space in the garage as you can. They sell systems, but you can easily replicate if you are handy.

  • Bijous Bijous on Jun 16, 2018
    Put it on stilts to upper kitchen cabinet height. If it floods any higher than that, build an ark instead...

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Jun 16, 2018
    Are talking about the grass being soggy and wet or floods that would let a shed float away? The storage shed guys in your area can give you good ideas but basically, decide your budget. You can go from pouring a full slab for your storage shed to using concrete blocks and pressure treated exterior lumber to create a base. Keep in mind how heavy the load will be. You need more support for a drive mower than for hand garden tools.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jun 16, 2018
    I agree with Naomie, make sure you go above the flood line. You can add shelving above the normal shelving in your closets, if you have the room to store many things. Make sure you use well sealing containers. The bags you can vacuum down is waterproof and works well with seasonal clothes and any extra linens, etc.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Jun 16, 2018
    In general? Rent a storage unit that is seldom flooded, rent from a monitored climate-controlled, insured self-storage company, make sure your property insurance covers the storage unit, and buy flood insurance or move!
    Specifically, use plastic containers that are supposed to be waterproof for nearly everything. Have extras ready for last minute packing like clothes. Use address labels (I get them in the mail all the time) on all containers, one on the lid with clear packing tape over it, and another address label on the inside sealed with tape, and turned to be visible through the clear box. If you are using big plastic storage tubs, put the label on the lid and another on the inside wall of the tub. Keep the original or copies of all important papers (insurance, birth and marriage certificates, shot records, passports, etc.) in a metal, fireproof box. In case of flood, seal the box with clear packing tape and label it inside and out. Keep the box in a safe but accessible place. Keep more copies or originals in a bank security box away from where it often floods. Give copies to a relative who lives in a different area from you. Keep several rolls of clear sealing tape handy. Prepare a GO box, which should include your metal box, flashlights and extra batteries, a portable radio with am and avweather band and batteries, extra phone chargers and cords for home and car in whatever kinds you need, an address and phone book if all your contacts are not on your phone, some cash or a credit card you seldom use for motels and other emergency travel, clean underwear for the whole family; a water dish and sealed pet food, blankets and towels, and maybe a jar of peanut butter and a stack of crackers, and as much water as you can carry. For most people, there is a greater danger of their car being stolen than their house being flooded, but you can judge if your GO box is safer in the house than in the car. Know the capacity of your vehicles, and know ahead of time what will fit in it.
    This is one time that plastic is your friend.
    Best wishes ☺️