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What Are The Difference Types of Floods?

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

Floods are the most widespread natural disaster to occur. They can cause significant damage with only a small amount of water and can happen almost anywhere in the country. 98% of United States counties have experienced a flood event. Here are some of the main kinds of floods so that you can better understand how they work and how to best protect yourself and your property.

Flash Floods – These floods typically cover a smaller area and can happen with little to no notice at all. These floods occur when heavy rainfall cannot be handled by the area where it’s falling (the rain is falling faster than it can be absorbed by the land) and instead rises quickly. These floods are fast moving and can take out trees, cars, and large rocks.

Coastal Floods – These are floods from storm surges in coastal areas. Wind from the storms pushes water inward and when these powerful waves breach the coastal landmasses the areas can flood.

River (Fluvial) Floods – These are floods that are caused by riverbank, lake or streams that overflow due to an extensive amount of rainfall or snowmelt over an extended period of time. River floods typically aren’t the most dangerous, however they can cause dams to break so the damage can quickly become very costly for the surrounding areas.

Urban Floods – Floods in urban areas are typically caused when a city’s drainage system cannot keep up with the amount of precipitation. Sewers can back up, and the streets can fill with water. Many urban floods can also fall under the flash flood category, showing up very quickly. These floods make driving incredibly dangerous and can cause an immense amount of property damage to the affected areas. Because of the nature of these floodwaters, these floods are also considered to be blackwater, that is highly contaminated, and the cleanup should always be left to professionals.

With water damage from any kind of floods it’s imperative that the cleanup and remediation begins as soon as possible to help prevent further secondary damage. That’s why SERVPRO responds faster to any size disaster. We offer emergency services 24/7 365 days a year and our team of highly trained technicians are ready to handle whatever is thrown at us. So, don’t delay and give us a call and let us know how we can help.

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