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Winter Rainy Season

Anywhere It Can Rain, It Can Flood.

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. And you don't need to live on the coast to be at risk. Flash floods, inland flooding, and seasonal storms affect every region of the country, severely damaging homes and businesses.


Dam failure may occur within hours of the first signs of breaching or overtopping.

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El Niño

El Niño is characterized by unusually warm ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific.

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After Fire

Many Areas in the western states are at an increased flood risk due to wildfires in recent years.

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Heavy Rains

Several area of the country are at a heightened risk for flooding due to heavy rains. This excessive amount of rainfall can happen throughout the year...

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Levees are designed to protect against a certain level of flooding. However, levees can and do decay over time, making maintenance a serious challenge.

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New Development

Construction and development can change natural drainage paths and create brand-new flood risks.

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Coastal Homes and Business

Hurricanes and tropical storms can pack a powerful punch, with soaking rain, flying debris, high winds...

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Winter Flooding

The cold winter season can lead to flooding situations, such as jams, snowmelt, and coastal flooding.

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Everyone is at risk

Floods can happen almost anywhere. They are not limited to coastal areas or to devastating tropical storms. Find Out More

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What's My Flood Risk?

Visit FEMA's Flood Map Service Center to locate your flood map to help determine your flood risk.

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