Floods are devastating natural events, but what happens after a flood? How long do the waters stay? The length of time a home is submerged can determine whether or not it sustains any damage. In some cases, deforestation is blamed for causing floods, as the deforestation creates more silt in the water. In other cases, a flood can affect the economy, resulting in lost business.
You can take steps to prepare before the flood season
A flood may last days, weeks, or even months. They can occur at any time of year, although most often occur seasonally. When a flood is imminent, you can take steps to prepare. The National Weather Service keeps a database of fixed measuring sites throughout the country that can help forecast flooding events. These locations are often located in areas with high populations and accentuated flooding conditions. During a flood, the chances of losing a home and sustaining property damage are greater than in other areas.
If you live in a flooded area, it is imperative to evacuate as quickly as possible. If you can’t evacuate the area, contact emergency services. Don’t hesitate to call a physician if you are in need of treatment. Listen to local emergency alert systems for information on how to evacuate. Don’t drive or walk through the water unless you have to. If you can’t evacuate immediately, stay away from bridges that cross fast-moving waters.