The official site of the NFIP, Floodsmart.gov, has published some bullet points covering several types of spring flood events. We at Flood Flaps thought it would be helpful to pass along their info.
How Prepared Are You for Spring Flooding?
Warmer spring weather brings everything from heavy rain to snowmelt, which can increase your risk of flooding. Get the facts, know the risk, and take action to prepare before seasonal events strike.
Many areas of the country are at heightened risk for flooding due to heavy rains. This excessive amount of rainfall can happen anytime throughout the year, putting your property at risk.
Storms over the Pacific Ocean bring heavy rains to the western United States between the months of November and April. Spring rains in colder climates can lead to flooding when the still-frozen ground cannot absorb the water. And summer months often bring heavy rains to the eastern and southern United States as warm air and moisture from the ocean move inland.
Cresting rivers, backed-up storm drains or saturated ground can cause significant, widespread floods during these times.
Prepare For Heavy Rains
1. Review your current homeowners insurance policy and become familiar with what is and is not covered, as damage due to flooding is typically not covered.
2. Call your insurance agent to purchase flood insurance for your home (and business) and its contents.
3. Make a flood plan and plan evacuation routes.
4. Itemize and take pictures of possessions.
5. Keep valuable items and family heirlooms on the upper floors of your home or building.
6. For more information about how to prepare for a flood, click here.
7. To learn more about flood risks associated with heavy rains, download this fact sheet.
Heavy rains caused by El Niño could lead to devastating flooding, especially in areas affected by prolonged drought and recentwildfires. To learn more about flood risks during El Niño, download our fact sheet, which is also available in Spanish.
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Rivers and streams that froze during the winter also begin to thaw. As the ice breaks and travels downstream, ice jams can block the flow of water, creating flooding upstream. Add spring rain to the mix, and the result can be serious, widespread flooding.