Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is potential for suffering flood damage.
In fact, nearly 25% of last year's claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in moderate to low-risk communities. According to the NFIP, houses in the United State have a 26% chance of being damaged by a flood during the course of a 30-year mortgage, while businesses face similar risks by flooding. On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S. The following are a few more little-known flood facts:
- Floods kill an average of 140 people per year in the U.S., making flooding the most deadly natural disaster.
- More than half of all fatalities during floods are auto-related, often the result of drivers misjudging the depth of water on a road and being swept away in a swiftly moving current.
- The principal causes of floods in the eastern United States are hurricanes and storms.
- The principal causes of floods in the western United States are snowmelt and rainstorms.
- Underpasses can be some of the most dangerous places during a flash flood - especially at night when it's difficult to see.
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