Hurricanes Can Bring Inland Flooding
This Hurricane Season, be FloodSmart about storm effects, wherever you live
Statistics from the National Flood Insurance Program
Tropical Storm Isaac: August 2013
Areas affected by Hurricane Isaac had more than 12,000 paid losses
totaling more than $550 million, with an average paid amount of more than $46,000.
Superstorm Sandy: October 2012
Areas impacted by Superstorm Sandy had more than 130,000 paid losses totaling more than
$8.2 billion with an average paid amount of more than $63,000.
Hurricane Irene: August 2011
Areas affected by Hurricane Irene had more than 44,000 paid losses totaling more than
$1.3 billion, with an average paid amount of more than $30,000.
Tropical Storm Lee: September 2011
Areas affected by Tropical Storm Lee had more than 9,800 paid
losses totaling more than $460 million, with an average paid amount of more than $46,500.
Tropical Storm Ida: November 2009
Areas affected by Hurricane Ida had more than 5,600 paid losses totaling
more than $102 million, with an average paid amount of more than $18,000.
Hurricane Ike: September 2008
The devastating 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, OH, MI, and PA. Severe gasoline shortages occurred in the Southeast United States due to
damaged oil platforms, storage tanks, pipelines, and offline refineries.
There were more than 46,000 paid losses to the areas affected by Hurricane Ike,
totaling more than $2.6 billion with an average amount paid of more than $57,000.
Hurricane Gustav: September 2008
Hurricane 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 $24,700.
Hurricane Katrina: August 2005
The devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina were felt not only in Louisiana but all along the Central Gulf Coast.
Significant wind and flooding damage was seen in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. Hurricane Katrina had nearly
168,000 paid losses totaling more than $16.3 billion. The average amount paid was more than $97,000.
Hurricane Rita: September 2005
Areas impacted by Hurricane Rita had more than 9,500 paid losses totaling over
$474 million with an average amount paid of nearly $50,000.
Tropical Storm Tammy: October 2005
Areas impacted by Tropical Storm Tammy had more than 4,100 paid losses totaling
nearly $45 million with an average amount paid of more than $10,800.
Hurricane Wilma: October 2005
Areas impacted by Hurricane Wilma had more than 9,600 paid losses totaling over $365 million with an average amount paid of $38,000.
Hurricane Dennis: July 2005
Areas impacted by Hurricane Dennis had more than 3,800 paid losses totaling nearly
$120 million with an average amount paid of more than $31,000.
Inland Flooding: Did you know
In the last 30 years, inland flooding has become 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 more than 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.