Several hundred thousand Americans live in known floodplains and flood hazard areas. Every year, ten's of thousands of citizen's suffer property damage. On top of this, the random nature of storms and floods catches many American who live outside the worst areas but still suffer damage. With no flood insurance, a flood can easily devastate a family for generations. If you do live water's path, either from a large watershed that can bring huge volumes of water, or even just a poorly designed development that channels water to your property, take a few simple steps to minimize your potential losses.
Keep your eye on the weather and local stream flows:
Most areas of the country have some sort of season when flash floods are most likely to occur.
Store valuables high:
Many flood victims' greatest sadness comes from the loss of family photographs.
Have a priority list of what to take if you have only a few minutes to get out:
There are countless stories of precious items forgotten in the chaos of evacuation.
Try to save photographs of your home and belongings for insurance purposes:
Every piece of documentation can help speed up our claim.
Have a friend or neighbor lined up to help you store things should time allow:
It's very hard to rent a storage unit following a natural disaster.
- United States Geological Survey Daily Streamflow Information
- Association of State Floodplain Managers
- Colorado Water Conservation Board Flood Preparation Information
- Colorado Association of Stormwater & Floodplain Managers