Heavy rains are common in many parts of the United States during the winter months. These storms often lead to flooding.
Several large wildfires in the western United States have dramatically changed the landscape and ground conditions, resulting in fire-scorched land that can lead to flash floods and mudflows under heavy rain. Experts say that it might take years for vegetation, which will help stabilize these areas, to return.
In cold climates across the nation, heavy rain sometimes follows heavy snow. The frozen ground cannot absorb the rain-soaked snow pack, so flooding occurs.
Along the Atlantic Coast, nor'easters can bring heavy rains, snow, and wind-driven waves that can lead to flooding and beach erosion.
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