Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States. Flood effects can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states.
However, all floods are not alike. Some floods develop slowly, sometimes over a period of days. But flash floods can develop quickly, sometimes in just a few minutes and without any visible signs of rain. Flash floods often have a dangerous wall of roaring water that carries rocks, mud, and other debris and can sweep away most things in its path. Overland flooding occurs outside a defined river or stream, such as when a levee is breached, but still can be destructive. Flooding can also occur when a dam breaks, producing effects similar to flash floods.
Be aware of flood hazards no matter where you live, but especially if you live in a low-lying area, near water or downstream from a dam. Even very small streams, gullies, creeks, culverts, dry streambeds, or low-lying ground that appear harmless in dry weather can flood. Every state is at risk from this hazard.
The most damaging floods in Minnesota in terms of area affected, lives lost and property damage have resulted from later than normal springmelt of unusually thick snowpack combined with precipitation during the melting period. Thankfully, that doesn’t describe spring of 2016 for people living in and around the St. Paul and Minneapolis area. That doesn’t mean we are out of clear for a possible flood or water damage.
No water damage is too small or too big for the highly trained professionals at 24Restore. If disaster should strike we are available 24 hours a day, EVERYDAY!