No region is safe from flooding. All 50 states are subject to flash floods.
Flash floods can bring walls of water from 10 to 20 feet high.
A car can be taken away in as little as 2 feet of water.
In the last 10 years on average, flooding cost the U.S. $2.9 billion annually.
To stay safe during a flood, go to the highest ground of floor possible. If your skin comes in contact with flood water, make sure to wash it with soap and disinfected water because the contents are unknown.
Flooding is caused by spring thawing (snow and frozen grounds melting in the spring), heavy rains, snow melt runoffs, flash floods, and mudflows.
Floods are the most widespread natural disaster aside from wildfires. 90 percent of all U.S. natural disasters declared by the President involve some sort of flooding.
In preparation for a flood, it is important to stock up on first aid items, non-perishable foods, 3 gallons of water per person for 3 days, battery operated radio for weather reports, extra batteries, personal hygiene necessities.
Based on Floodsmart, a 2,000 square foot home undergoing 12” of water damage could cost more than $50,000.
Since flood damage is almost never covered by homeowners insurance, flood insurance is important for people living in high-risk flood zones.
Communities particularly at risk are those located in low-lying areas, near water, or downstream from a dam.
Make a risk map of your town to be prepared for a flood. GO