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Flooding

Flash floods are not as predictable as other catastrophic flooding. They can form very quickly and cover a wide area, with little or no warning. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), flash flooding is the leading cause of weather related deaths in the United States – approximately 200 deaths each year.

Levees and dams may fail resulting in extensive damage over a very large geographic area.  An example of this kind of disaster was Hurricane Katrina and in New Orleans in 2005.

  • A 2005 article on CNNMoney.com stated that: “Every year, flooding causes more than $2 billion of property damage in the U.S.” and “In a high risk area, your home has a 26 percent chance of being damaged by a flood during the course of a 30-year mortgage, compared to a 9 percent chance of fire.“
  • According to the Sacramento Bee (Jan 14th, 2011), California has more risk of catastrophic storms than any other region in the country – even the Southern hurricane states, according to a new study released Thursday.

    Potential consequences include:

    • $1 trillion in damages statewide – five times worse than a massive earthquake, which likely would affect only one region.
    • 1.5 million people displaced, about the same number affected by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005.
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