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Flood Facts, Did you know?

1. Flooding is one of the most common and costly natural disasters in the United States. According to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), floods cause an average of $8 billion in damages each year

2. Flash floods can occur within minutes or hours of heavy rainfall, and they are particularly dangerous due to their sudden and swift nature.

3. Just an inch of water in a 1,000 sq. ft. home can cause $25,000 in damages.

4. River flooding can result from prolonged heavy rainfall or snowmelt, leading to overflowing rivers and inundating nearby areas.

5. Flooding can happen anywhere, not just in areas designated as high-risk flood zones.

6. Urbanization and changes in land use can exacerbate flooding by reducing natural drainage areas and increasing runoff.

7. While some areas are more prone to flooding, no location is entirely safe from potential flooding.

8. Standard homeowners' insurance does not typically cover flood damage. Flood insurance must be obtained separately

9. Climate change is expected to increase the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, including heavy rainfall and flooding.

10. Recovering from a severe flood can take months or even years, depending on the extent of the damage and the resources available for reconstruction.

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