By Max Melner
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Here are some facts about flooding:
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.
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% 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.
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. Communities particularly at risk are those located in low-lying areas, near water, or downstream from a dam.
A historical flood was on April-May 1927 in Mississippi. it was the most destructive river flood in the history of the U.S.; 500 killed; 600,000 homeless.
A flood in the last decade was in 2005 when a flood in New Orleans killed 69 people because of a levee failure.
Something that people have done to help stop flooding is they have built levees to help stop lakes and rivers from overflowing. They also use a radar and weather forecast to try to predict floods. You also want to pack emergency kits and move to higher ground if there is a flood in your area.