Because of the intensive media coverage of hurricanes and coastal flooding due to climate change, it’s understandable why many people believe that flooding is merely a coastal problem. But that is simply not the case. In fact, flash flood imposes the greatest flooding risk. Flash flooding can happen any in place it rains. 

You don’t need to be living next to the ocean to experience a flooding disaster. This article will help you learn about the dangers of flooding and steps you can take to mitigate its impacts. Don’t wait until it’s too late and a flood has already done devastating damage. Educate yourself and learn how to protect your property. 

Can Flooding Happen Anywhere?

Absolutely. Flooding can happen anywhere in the United States. If you live in an area that experiences rainfall, your property is at risk of flooding. Even living in arid regions like the Southwest doesn’t mean you are out of danger. Since the ground is so dry in desert regions, even a small amount of rainfall can become a torrent of rushing water because the arid ground can’t absorb it fast enough. Even rainfall miles away can fill dry creek beds and overflow their banks with little or no warning. 

What Locations Increase my Flooding Risk?

As we discussed earlier, floods can happen anywhere, but living near certain areas puts your property at increased risk. Some of these locations include:

  • Rivers
  • Lakes
  • Dams or levees
  • Ocean
  • Intercoastal waterways
  • Hilly terrain
  • Urban areas

All of these locations pose unique risks, but even if you don’t live near one of these high-risk locations, your property is still at risk for flash flood.

What Are flash floods?

Flash floods are most often caused by heavy rainfall over a prolonged time, but they can also occur due to dam or levee breaches. Several factors play a role in flash flooding. Some of these include:

  • Rainfall intensity
  • Distribution of the rainfall
  • Nearby vegetation
  • Amount of urban development
  • Type of soil
  • Previous water saturation

Because there are many factors involved in flash flooding, it makes them incredibly difficult to predict when and where they will occur. 

Why Are Urban Areas Prone to Flooding?

When you think about flooding, you probably envision coastal areas or locations next to rivers or lakes. The last place that crosses your mind is bustling cities. But the fact is, buildings in urban areas are extremely flood-prone. 

Urban areas are full of concrete due to parking lots, sidewalks, and streets. These areas leave limited places for water to run off. A heavy rainfall will quickly back up sewer systems causing flooding, sometimes in a matter of minutes. 

Urban areas prone to flooding include underground parking lots, any rooms below street level, and also businesses on street level. If the urban area is particularly hilly, any building built on a hill is at risk as well.

Floodwaters Are a Danger to Drivers

Many drivers feel like they are invincible. And in a sense, driving is the ultimate freedom. It allows access to so many places in a short time. But don’t let that sense of freedom and adventure allow you to make unwise decisions. 

If rain is expected, make sure to plan your route ahead of time. Ask yourself if you will be driving near rivers or creeks, or if you will traverse through hilly or mountainous terrain. Be on the lookout for any water covering the roadway. As little as six inches of floodwater has the power to sweep your vehicle away. If you encounter water on the roadway, turn around immediately. 

What Steps Can I Take To Prevent Flood?

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Although you can never fully predict when a flood will occur, there are ways to protect your home and property. First, consider opting for a Flood and Climate Risk Assessment from the team at Coastal Risk. 

This assessment is superior to other data out there, including the FEMA flood maps. The Flood and Climate Risk Assessment is the most accurate flood predictor available. Included in these reports are: 

  • High-resolution maps
  • Building flood codes
  • Heavy rainfall flooding risks
  • One-on-one flooding consultations
  • Flood protection solutions
  • Vulnerability to natural disasters assessment

Many people ask why they can’t use the FEMA flood maps to determine their flooding risk. The major issue with these maps is that they are updated infrequently. Many times, properties deemed to be at low risk on the FEMA maps actually flood numerous times before the government gets around to updating the maps. 

The Coastal Risk team is there for you to discuss any of your flooding questions and service your needs. The company’s mission is to reduce your exposure to flooding loss and the effects of climate change. Single-family residential flooding risk assessments start at only $49.