Hurricanes Can Bring Inland Flooding
This Hurricane Season, be FloodSmart about storm effects, wherever you live
Statistics from the National Flood Insurance Program
Hurricane Irene: August 2011
by Hurricane Irene had close to 44,000 paid losses totaling more
than $1.3 billion with an average amount paid of more than $29,500.
Tropical Storm Lee: September 2011
impacted by Tropical Storm Lee had more than 9,700 paid losses
totaling more than $442 million with an average amount paid more
Tropical Storm Ida: November 2009
impacted by Hurricane Ida had more than 5,600 paid losses totaling
more than $100 million with an average amount paid of nearly
Hurricane Ike: September 2008
effects of Hurricane Ike were felt not only in TX, which saw
considerable storm surge damage, but also in states as far north as
PA and MI. Significant wind and flooding damage was seen in LA, AR,
TN, IL, IN, KY, MO, and OH.
There were more than 46,000 paid losses to the areas impacted
by Hurricane Ike totaling more than $2.6 billion with an average
paid amount of $57,000.
Hurricane Gustav: September 2008
Gustav made landfall in Louisiana causing significant wind, storm
surge and flooding damage in AL, AR, LA and MS.
The areas damaged by Hurricane Gustav had more than 4,500 paid
losses totaling more than $112 million with an average paid amount
in excess of $24,500
Inland Flooding: Did you know
Inland flooding is the most deadly result of a hurricane..
Inland flooding can be a major threat to communities hundreds of miles from the coast as heavy rain falls from these huge tropical air masses. .
A tropical storm can produce more rainfall than a Category 5 hurricane. For example, Tropical Storm Allison dropped over 30 inches of rain as it passed over Houston, TX in 2001.. A slow moving or stalled tropical storm can produce considerably more rainfall in a given area than a fast moving intense hurricane. As all hurricanes weaken to tropical storms and move inland, the threat of torrential rains over large areas intensifies the risks of flooding for inland communities and states.
Inland flooding can occur almost immediately and even a small amount of flooding can cause significant risk and damage. As tropical storms move inland, rainfall dumped in short timeframes can result in flash flooding that can last up to a week or more. Just six inches of moving water can sweep a person off his or her feet, and only a few inches of water can cause thousands of dollars of damage to homes and businesses.
Be FloodSmart Inland Flooding Preparedness Tips:
- Monitor any tropical storm systems. Make sure you and your family are aware of storm paths and pay attention to any flood-related advisories or warnings for your community.
- Make sure you have an emergency plan and contact. Plan and practice a flood evacuation route and ask someone out of state to be a "family contact" in case you are separated from loved ones.
- Get flood insurance. Visit www.FloodSmart.gov or call 1-800-427-2419 to learn your risk, prepare for inland flooding, and discover how to purchase a National Flood Insurance Policy. A 30-day wait period means you should act now to protect your property. The toll-free number and Web site provide flood insurance resources and information, including tools to find an agent and estimate the cost of insurance premiums.