Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage.
- Floods kill an average of 140 people per year in the U.S, making flooding the deadliest natural disaster.
- More than half of all facilities during floods are auto related, often the result of drivers misjudging the depth of water on a road and being swept away in a swiftly moving current.
- The principle cause of floods in the eastern United States are hurricanes and storms
- The principle cause of floods in the western United States are snowmelt and rainstorms.
- Underpasses can be some of the most dangerous places during a flash flood – especially at night, when it’s difficult to see