Learn the basics of flooding - How does it happen, what kinds of floods there are and the impacts on communities.
Flooding causes more damage in the U.S. than any other natural hazard. It is the most common and costly disaster and happens in every state. 90% of Presidential Declared disasters involve flooding and 98% of U.S. counties flood.
Many different factors, such as storm surge, rainfall, high tide, snowmelt, dam failure, river overflow, and more can cause flooding.
Over 25% of all flood insurance claims come from homes that are not in a high hazard flood zone. You can build or retrofit your home to resist and mitigate damage from floods.
Here, we will explain some definitions and jargon in the realm of flooding and give you some insightful facts and data on floods and the damage they cause. You will also be able to use an interactive map to find what flood zone you are in.
Learn more about flood insurance and mitigation options.