Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States and can happen anywhere. Flooding is an overflowing of water onto land that is normally dry. Flooding may happen with only a few inches of water, or it may cover a house to the rooftop. Flooding can occur during any season, but some areas of the country are at greater risk at certain times of the year. Coastal areas are at greater risk for flooding during hurricane season (i.e., June to November), while the Midwest is more at risk in the spring and during heavy summer rains. Ice jams occur in the spring in the Northeast and Northwest. Even the deserts of the Southwest are at risk during the late summer monsoon season.
The best way to stay safe is to leave areas that flood and avoid floodwaters.
- Know your flood risk: . Learn whether you live, work, or travel through areas that are prone to flooding.
- Know how to stay informed. Get to the alerts notifications.
- Know your evacuation routes; plan your transportation and a place to stay.