How to prep your home for a flood

By WEEK Producer

April 2, 2014 Updated Apr 2, 2014 at 11:01 PM CDT

LONDON MILLS -- With more rain on the way, some Central Illinois residents may see some slight flooding. Which means if you live in a flood prone area, you might want to prepare for the worst.

Last year's April floods devastated London Mills, right on the Spoon River.

"I came here in 1956, and I've never seen water like that," said London Mills resident, Gerald Roe.

Last year, Gerald Roe had to use a boat to get to his flooded London Mills home.

"We took a boat coming all the way from two blocks up the street," said Roe. He lost some items from that flood, but thankfully it was things he could replace.

"We was awful lucky," said Roe.

His neighbors lost their home. That isn't unfamiliar to insurance agent Laure Feld.

"Water is one of the worst things that can happen to your home" said Feld.

But there are ways you can minimize flood loss, starting with prevention.

"Repair the gutters, making sure the water is going down the spouts," said Feld.

Roe moved his valuables to the top of his house, installed a new sump pump, and prepped his equipment for a quick escape.

"They can be disconnected and took out, if we know there's a flood," said Roe.

Back up water and flood insurance could both save you thousands, and don't forget to save your important documents.

Roe says he's prepped and ready to go.

"You don't know if you're going to lose it, and once you're retired and on a fixed income you can't afford to lose," said Roe.

But luckily he kept what can't be replaced.

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