Flood events are the most frequent type of natural hazard. They impact communities all over the world. Be ready if a flood impacts your community. You should know what type(s) of flood you may encounter, characteristics of floods, and issues specific to your region.
Depending on where you live, you and your property may be at risk of one or more of the following types of flood events.
Floods vary due to characteristics such as speed of onset, length of water inundation, type of water, and potential cascading or secondary disasters.
If you are interested in preparing for a potential flood event, or are in the process of responding to or recovering from a flood event, take note of regional differences. While there is a lot of information about flooding that applies to all communities across the United States, there are issues that may be specific to your area. It is important to understand the unique features, risks, and vulnerabilities in your community. For example, states and even cities and counties may have different requirements for things such as building permits and insurance requirements. Be sure to check this information for your locality. Permits may be issued by a Planning, Building Inspections, or Zoning and Building department. Other notable regional differences may include unique agricultural issues. Contact your local extension office if you have questions.