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Flooding 101: Separating Fact from Fiction



Recent heavy rain in the Northeast which caused significant flooding has highlighted the importance of planning ahead for flash flooding. We’re separating fact from fiction so your business can be better prepared to keep your employees safer.

Key Highlights

Flooding can happen anywhere, not just near rivers and coastal areas.

Even shallow floodwaters pose significant risks, with as little as 6 inches of moving water capable of knocking people off their feet.

Floodplains are not the only areas at risk.

Businesses across the Northeast have recently been impacted by several rounds of heavy rain that caused significant flooding. It is important for communities and companies to plan when there is a risk of flash flooding. We’re separating fact from fiction surrounding flooding and how AccuWeather For Business can help you be better prepared and keep your employees safer.  

FICTION: Flooding only occurs near rivers and coastal areas.

FACT: While rivers and coastal regions are indeed prone to flooding, flooding can happen anywhere, including urban and inland areas. Heavy rainfall, melting snow and inadequate or blocked drainage systems can all contribute to flooding in unexpected locations.

FICTION: Floods are only dangerous if water levels are high.

FACT: Even shallow floodwaters can pose significant risks. Just 6 inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling. A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups. It's important to remember that it doesn't take a massive flood to cause severe damage and endanger lives.

FICTION: If a building isn't in a floodplain, it's safe from flooding.

FACT: Floodplains are areas at higher risk of flooding but aren't the only places that can experience flooding. Flash floods, caused by sudden intense rainfall or dam failures, can impact areas far beyond designated floodplains. Understanding potential flood risks is vital, regardless of the building's location.

FICTION: Myth: Insurance policies cover all flood damages.

FACT: You typically need to purchase separate flood insurance to protect your property from flood-related losses. Reviewing and understanding your insurance coverage to ensure you are adequately protected is crucial.

>>READ MORE: Don't be caught off guard: Protect your business against flash flooding

AccuWeather SkyGuard® Warnings, backed by Superior Accuracy, deliver site-specific alerts and warnings well before severe weather hits, giving you more time to prepare. Access to real-time flood alerts empowers businesses to take proactive measures, such as evacuations or implementing emergency response plans, to safeguard their employees, assets, and operations. Plus, get access to a team of expert severe weather meteorologists watching out for your business 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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