Flood Facts

Know Your Facts

  • Flooding is the most costly and repetitive natural disaster affecting the United States.
  • Flooding occurs not only along the coast, but also in riverine and other inland areas.
  • In the past five years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods.
  • Everyone lives in a flood zone — it's just a question of whether you live in a low-, moderate- or high-risk area.
  • Most homeowners insurance policies do not cover flood damage.
  • Just a few inches of water from a flood can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage.
  • A car can easily be carried away by just 2 feet of floodwater.

Be Prepared

  • Visit the American Red Cross website for tips on preparing for, responding during and recovering from a flood.
  • Visit www.floodsmart.gov for more information about how to protect against flooding and the steps local residents and business owners can take to ensure they have proper insurance coverage to protect their financial stability.