This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

This year’s El Nino is shaping up to be the strongest on record since 1997-1998. And it appears the heavy rain has started… so what can you do now if you didn’t prepare in advance? Ryan Larsen aka Dr. Drainage is a technical service manager at NDS, Inc., a leader in stormwater management for both residential and commercial markets. The two common stormwater problems are foundation damage and a flooded basement, which can cost homeowners anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000 in repairs, and between $500 and $10,000 to dry a basement, according to the U.S. National Flood Insurance Program

Drainage 101
· Clear out drain gutters
· Build up a dirt perimeter
· Fill In holes
· Look for problem areas
· Know your soil type
· Obey the 10-foot radius rule
· Know your local regulations
· Identify a local contractor in advance