Some Facts About Flooding
When it comes to flooding, there’s really no off-season. Floods can strike at any time, almost anywhere, and only increase in threat with the onset of hurricane season. This may explain why every state in the continental U.S. has experienced some form of flooding over the past 10 years, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Being that we are currently within Hurricane Season, it is especially good to be on high alert and tuned into weather reports often. Especially if a Hurricane is offshore and expected to make landfall, an increase in flooding even for cities and states not close to the shore, is possible. Heavy rainfall and strong winds can cause flooding all on their own and can also cause lakes, rivers and canals to overflow.
There’s no question that the resulting damage to most floods is devastating. However, you may be surprised by just how common floods are – year in and year out. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), flooding is the No. 1 natural disaster in the United States.
With flooding being the No. 1 natural disaster in America, it’s important that you treat it as such. This means it occurs more frequently than the other natural disasters and leads to the most damage. Rainfall accompanies just about every storm, most notably thunderstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes. Given the earth is primarily made of water, there’s only so much that existing rivers, lakes and streams can absorb before they will overflow. In the last 10 years, every state has experienced flooding in some form, whether overland or flash flooding. This helps explain why flood losses have averaged approximately $2.4 billion each year over that period.
At SERVPRO of Kernersville, we are here for you during flood recovery. We offer 24/7 emergency response services. There is no disaster too big or too small. Give us a call at 336-379-1772