Think you aren't in an area at risk for flooding? Think again.
Floods happen year round and in any and all locales.
- TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN
- Flood Safety
- Spring - Are you flood ready?
- Warmer Weather is Coming, Is your Water Rising?
- Flood Risk Mapping Guidelines and Standards
- Drowning Prevention
- Flooding & Extreme Precipitation
According to FloodSmart.gov, everyone everywhere is in a flood zone. In the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods.
What are flood zones?
Flood zones are land areas identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Each flood zone describes that land area in terms of its risk of flooding. Everyone lives in a flood zone–it's just a question of whether you live in a low, moderate, or high risk area.
- Just a few inches of water from a flood can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage.
- Flash floods often bring walls of water 10 to 20 feet high.
- A car can easily be carried away by just two feet of floodwater.
- Hurricanes, winter storms and snowmelt are common (but often overlooked) causes of flooding.
- New land development can increase flood risk, especially if the construction changes natural runoff paths.