Being at risk of flooding is not a new concept in the United States. This year, the severity of the flooding has been forecasted higher than any other year. All you have to do is look at the catastrophic water flow that recently destroyed numerous Midwest communities along the Missouri River.
How Bad is The Flooding Damage?
The flooding along the Missouri River has caused over $1.5 billion worth of damage to small Missouri towns. Mary Erickson, deputy director of the National Weather Service, told reporters that this is simply a “…preview to what we expect through the rest of the spring…The stage is set for record flooding from now through May.”
What Are The Dangers of Flooding?
Floods have more of an impact than simply ruining some furniture in your home, though we are in no way trying to downplay the devastation that comes with a flooded house. So, it is important to understand the broader picture of what is at stake if these kinds of floods can’t be mitigated.
When major flooding threatens the region, crops can be completely destroyed. Livestock can also be killed or displaced, and major modes of transportation (like railways) can be put out of commission. The ramifications of a major flood are felt across the country, not just in the area where the flooding occurs.
How Many People Are Affected By The Floods?
Edward Clark, director of the U.S. National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, spoke with the Insurance Journal about the flood risk facing much of the United States. “More than 200 million people and two-thirds of the 48 contiguous states are at risk for flooding in their communities,” said Clark. “At least 13 million people could face major flooding.”
2018 was the third-wettest year on record in the United States. The 48 contiguous states just experienced the wettest winter on record. So, the country’s flooding issue has come into alarming focus.
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