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Facts About Flooding

3/24/2014 (Permalink)

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. 

Just because you havent experiences a flood in the past, doesn't mean you wont in the future. In fact 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program were for policies in low risk communities. On average, floods cost $3 billion in annual losses in the United States. Commercial flood claims average more than $75,000. 

According to the American Red Cross (ARC), floods cause more damage in the US every year than any other weather relates disaster. The ARC offers the following flood safety tips. 

  • Stay away from floodwater. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet. 
  • If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. 
  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water. Keep your pets out of the water too.  
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