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Costs of home repair and cleanup from Palo Alto flood

Original post made by Carl Jones, Palo Verde, on Aug 23, 2007

I am interested in getting a ballpark estimate of the work and cost incurred by persons whose homes were flooded in the last flood in Palo Alto. My purpose is in getting a reasonable amount of flood insurance.

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Posted by qq
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 23, 2007 at 8:15 pm

*pinky finger to mouth*


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Posted by trudy
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 24, 2007 at 2:22 am

Carl, the water did not reach my first floor, fortunately, it missed by about two inches. I assume next time things would be worse, due to the increased building upstream covering areas where water could sink in as opposed to winding up in the creek, and some project of East Palo Alto's that I remember reading was estimated to raise the water level for the same type of flood by a "negligable six inches."

My recollection is I spent about $3000, due to damage to the stuff that was under the house (an old floor furnace and the hot water heater which was in a small semi-basement area. There was no real basement), and power tools and stuff stored in the garage and storage area, both of which did flood.

Fortunately it did not reach high enough on my car to do damage, another thing to think about.

There was also a tremendous amount of work which I did myself mucking mud out from the semi-basement and getting it away from the edges of the house and then scrubbing the house lower sides down. Also, restoring the yard. I took two weeks of vacation time from work, and then continued to work on this for I think it was a couple of months afterward.

If I had hired someone to do this, it woud have been much more expensive.

So figure a lot of work and time besides money, and then ask the idiot city council why they didn't have the guts to just get machinery out there to take down the Chaucer St. bridge the day after the floor.

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Posted by member
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 28, 2007 at 12:00 am

That's a great question. Bet the insurance companies know exactly how much. That info should be public so we don't pay for over-insuring.