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What is a flood and a floodplain?

What is a flood and a floodplain?  

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) defines a flood as a general and temporary condition of partial or complete covering of two or more acres of normally dry land area from overflow of inland or tidal waters, from unusual and rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters from any source, or from mudflow.  NFIP defines a floodplain as any land area susceptible to being covered by floodwaters from any source.  Therefore, everyone in the United States lives in a floodplain.  Floods can be caused by heavy rains, mudflows, tidal waters, tropical storms, fires that remove many acres of timber, and new development that alters natural drainage.  Floods are very dangerous just two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, even SUV's and pick-up trucks.  For more information about NFIP  Click (NFIP).


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