Northern California - Flood of New Years Day
A rare, tremendous winter storm in California caused levee failures throughout the Sacramento and San Joaquin River Basins, flooding 300 square miles of land. More than 120,000 people were evacuated from their homes and all 48 counties in Northern California were declared disaster areas. Over $2 billion in damages were recorded.
1997 Red River Flood
Following one of the snowiest winters on record in the Northern Plains, the spring thaw of 1997, mixed with heavy precipitation, led to widespread flooding along the Red River in North and South Dakota and Minnesota. There were more than a dozen deaths and over $4 billion in damages.
Spring Creek Flood
July 27-28, 1997
In late July of 1997, 14 inches of torrential rain fell over southwest Fort Collins, Colorado, in a 30-hour period, turning tiny Spring Creek into a raging river. The flash flood destroyed more than 200 homes, killing five and leaving 500 residents needing rescue. A relatively small area was affected, but damages totaled $200 million.
2004 Atlantic Hurricane - Season in Florida
2009 marks the fifth anniversary of the 2004 Hurricane Season—the first time in history that four hurricanes affected Florida in one season. The most notable storms were Hurricanes Charlie, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne, all crisscrossing the state in a six-week span and causing roughly $50 billion in damages.
August 28, 2005
The costliest—and one of the deadliest—hurricanes to ever strike the United States, Hurricane Katrina caused over $100 billion in damages and took more than 1300 lives. A 15–20 foot storm surge inundated coastal Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, while in New Orleans, the failure and overtopping of levees flooded 80% of the city, damaging 275,000 homes.
New England - Mother’s Day Flood
May 11-15, 2006
Four days of torrential downpours drove hundreds of New England residents from their homes, washed out roads and caused over $30 million in damages. The governors of New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts were forced to declare a state of emergency. The event was described as the worst flooding in the area since 1938.
June 25-July 5, 2006
Heavy and prolonged rains caused widespread flooding across much of the Mid-Atlantic Region. Eastern Pennsylvania was hit especially hard—as much as 15 inches of rain fell, 200,000 residents were forced to evacuate, and 70 people were rescued from rooftops by helicopters. Damages for the region were estimated at $1 billion.
Great Coastal - Gale of 2007
A series of powerful storms pounded Washington and Oregon on December 2 and 3 bringing hurricane force winds and up to 17 inches of rain, causing widespread flooding. The storms left tens of thousands without power and a 20-mile stretch of I-5 was closed due to flooding.
Midwest Flood of 2008
In the summer of 2008, heavy rains lasting for several weeks led to severe flooding in the region. Parts of Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin received over a foot of rain. The floodwaters ravaged the agricultural sector, left thousands homeless, and took the lives of a dozen people. Total damages reached more than $5 billion.
2008 Tanana Valley Flood
In late July 2008, four inches of rain fell on saturated lands and the already full Tanana and Salcha Rivers near Fairbanks, Alaska. The Tanana River rose to 26 feet—the highest level since the flood of 1967— damaging more than 100 homes. But because of early warnings, no one was injured.
In September of 2008, Hurricane Ike slammed into the Texas coast with storm surges up to 17 feet. Remnants of Ike produced heavy rainfall and flooding all the way to the Great Lakes. It was the fourth costliest Hurricane to strike the United States causing $19.3 billion in damages, while taking 48 lives.
December Honolulu Flood
December 10–16, 2008
A low-pressure system brought several days of heavy rains to Honolulu, with some areas experiencing up to four inches of rainfall per hour. More than 500 homes were damaged or destroyed by the floods causing millions of dollars in damages. Thankfully, no lives were lost.