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Are you at Risk of a Flood Hazard?

According to the National Flood Insurance Program, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods in the last 5 years. This means that no matter where you live, your home is at risk for a flood. Flash floods can develop in just a few minutes with little or no warning. Floods of all types can move large quantities of rocks, mud and other debris very quickly, posing a serious threat to people, homes and businesses.

During floods, water can quickly rise to as much as 20 feet high in a neighborhood or community, which is a particularly daunting fact considering that just 6 inches of flood water is enough to knock a standing person over and 2 feet of water is enough to carry a mid-sized car away.

 

Winter Floods

 

It may surprise you to learn that floods can happen in the winter as well as the other seasons. Winter flooding can occur when water that was held by an ice jam is released or when heavy snowfall melts quickly and overruns underground pipes. In fact, winter storms and snow melt are the second leading cause of basement floods after hurricanes, which means that floods really can happen in any area of the country regardless of the climate.

 

Flood Areas

 

Low-lying ground is particularly susceptible to the effects of flood water, putting these areas at risk for a flood even from a small water source like a streams, gullies and creeks. But these are not the only areas that are susceptible to a flood. New development of homes and businesses in an area can increase the risk of flood because construction changes the natural landscape.

 

Low-Risk

 

Sometimes people living in low flood risk areas do not take the dangers of flood water seriously because they do not think that a flood can happen to them. These are the people that are the least prepared after an emergency because they do not have flood insurance and are not sure how to go about water restoration after a flood. For this reason, it is important to prepare for the threat of a flood no matter how unlikely you think it is that one will happen where you live.

 

Find out how to preapre for a flood now and get flood evacuation tips so that you're ready. If you have experienced a flood, please call USA Water and Fire Restoration today at 1-800-501-3046 for information about water pump out and water repair services.


Additional resources:
Understanding Flood Warnings
What kind of damage does a flood cause?