Did you know that the worst flood in history took place in China of 1931. It killed four million people and left 80 million people homeless. This occurred because they had a three year drought and the soil on the ground dried up and couldn't absorb all of the rain fast it enough because of this a flood was made.
What is Flooding?
Flooding is an overflowing of water onto land that is normally dry or the land has been through a drought. Floods can happen when there are heavy rain and ocean waves come on shore. Another way a Flood could occur is when the snow melts too fast or a dam breaks.
When and where do floods occur?
Floods occur around the world and in every state of the United States and territory. It is a threat experienced to anywhere in the world that receives rain. Did you know that floods kill more people in the U.S. than tornadoes, hurricanes and lightning.
What is Flash Flooding?
Flash floods are the most volatile kind of floods because they combine the obstructive power of flood with impeccable acceleration and unforeseeable. They occur when exorbitant water fills normally shriveled creeks or river beds along with currently flowing creeks and rivers, causing instantaneous rises of water in a brief amount of time. Flash floods can happen with little or no warning.
What areas are at risk from flash flood?
- Densely populated areas
- Storm drains
- Underpasses, underground parking garages & basements
- Areas near rivers
- Dam failures
- Streams or rivers
- Dry soil
- Low water crossings, recent burn areas in mountains and urban areas
- Ice jams and snow melts