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Transcript of Floods
By: Samintha Sidrac
What causes flooding?
Flood damage can cost up to $20,00
Sample Flooding info:
Replacing drywall,paint & wallpaper: $6,500
Estimated flood damage $28,000
+Annual flood insurance + $500
What is a flood?
A flood is an overflow of water that submerges land which is normally dry.
In high risk-areas, there is at least a 1 in 4 chance of flooding during a 30-year mortgage.
Moderate-to-Low Risk Areas:
In moderate-to-low risk areas, the chance is reduced but not completely removed.
No flood-hazard analysis has been conducted in these areas, but a flood risk still exists.
Did You Know???
Flash floods can bring walls of water from 10 to 20 ft high.
Floods are the most widespread natural disaster aside from wildfires
A car can be taken away in as little as 2 ft. of water
No State is safe from flooding, all 50 states have an amount of risk.(some just have lower risk than others)
Flood Safety Tips
When a Flood is Imminent
•Be prepared! Pack a bag with important items in case you need to evacuate. Don't forget to include needed medications.
•If advised to evacuate your home, do so immediately.
•If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground.
•If possible, bring in outdoor furniture and move essential items to an upper floor.
•Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances.
During a Flood
•Do not walk through moving water. As little as 6 inches (15 centimeters) of moving water can make you fall.
•If you have to walk in water, wherever possible, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
•Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.
•Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
After a Flood
•Listen for news reports to learn whether the community's water supply is safe to drink.
•Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
•Avoid moving water.
•Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.
•Stay away from downed power lines, and report them to the power company.
•Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
•Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
•Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are serious health hazards.
•Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals
Where Do Floods happen and How?
Floods can happen in a place that is lower or slanted. It can also happen in places where there is a lot of rainfall.
What are floods able to do?
often causes damages to homes and businesses
loss of life
can damage power transmission and power generators