Floods

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 14:53

Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States.  While some floods develop slowly, others can develop in just a few minutes and without visible signs of rain. Additionally, floods can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states.

Be aware of flood hazards no matter where you live or work, but especially if you are in low-lying areas, near water, behind a levee or downstream from a dam. Even very small streams, gullies, creeks, culverts, dry streambeds or low-lying ground that appear harmless in dry weather can flood.

Even if you feel you live in a community with a low risk of flooding, remember that anywhere it rains, it can flood.  Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past, doesn't mean you won't in the future.  Flood risk isn't just based on history; it's also based on a number of factors including rainfall , topography, flood-control measures, river-flow and tidal-surge data, and changes due to new construction and development. 

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Flood: Know Your Terms

Familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify a flood hazard:

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Before a Flood

To prepare for a flood, you should:

To learn more about what you can do to protect your home, visit FEMA's Information and Guidance on Building Safer page.

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During a Flood

If a flood is likely in your area, you should:

If you must prepare to evacuate, you should do the following:

If you have to leave your home, remember these evacuation tips:

Driving Flood Facts

The following are important points to remember when driving in flood conditions:

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After a Flood

The following are guidelines for the period following a flood:

Resources for recovering from and coping with flood damaged property

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