15 Flood Facts


  1. A flood or flash flood can happen in all 50 states in the U.S.
  2. There are many possible natural causes of flooding such as heavy rain, melting snow, flash floods, hurricanes, tropical storms, land development, and broken dams.
  3. Everywhere can be a flood zone because where there is water, there can be flooding.
  4. The most common natural disaster in the U.S. is flooding.
  5. For the past 30 years, flooding has resulted in almost $8 billion in damage each year.
  6. Floods cause an average of 82 deaths per year, making it the deadliest weather-related disaster in the U.S.
  7. Land development and construction including new buildings and roads makes an area more vulnerable to flooding because it takes away land that would naturally absorb the water.
  8. Standing flood water could be electrically charged and very dangerous if there are downed power lines.
  9. Flood water may consist of sewage, harmful microorganisms, sharp objects, and other debris which makes it a danger to your health. You should never walk or swim in flood water.
  10. It only takes six inches of moving flood water to knock you down.
  11. It only takes two feet of moving water to carry your car away.
  12. The government has a Flood Preparedness Disaster Supply Kit PDF available to help you prepare for a flood.
  13. Most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flood damage, you must purchase a separate insurance policy to cover flood damage.
  14. Flood insurance policies can take 30 days before they take effect.
  15. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) warns that just 1 inch of water can result in over $10,000 worth of damage.
Information Provided by Luke Armstrong with restorationmasterfinder.com.

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