The Snow May Be Gone, But The Storm is Far From Over

If you thought the weather had reached its peak you might have been mistaken. I’m here to tell you that it’s not over yet. With record snowfall in many parts of Oregon, people should be worried about the likelihood of flooding.

Here are some facts about flooding to help you mentally prepare for what we could endure.

11 Flood Facts

1. Everyone lives in a flood zone

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(For more information, visit our Flood Zones FAQs.)

2. It only takes one inch of water to cause costly damage to your property

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One inch can do more damage to your property than you may think…

3. Flash floods have the capability of producing walls of water between 10-20 feet high

 FLood INsurance PortlandFlash Floods are the most dangerous types of flood. They happen quickly, and can turn very destructive.

4. It only takes a few feet of water to carry away and float a vehicle

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It doesn’t take much of a flood to get a hold of your car, and when it does your valuable property can easily be destroyed. A huge loss that no one wants to take.

5. Winter storms and snowmelt are common (but often overlooked) causes of flooding.

The exact reason we must talk about it. The amount of snow that has fallen this year raises great concern over the potential devastation floods carry with them.

6. The Willamette Valley Flood of 1996

Flood Insurance PortlandThe floods were directly responsible for eight deaths in Oregon, as well as over US $500 million in property damage throughout the Pacific Northwest. Three thousand residents were displaced from their homes.

7. In the past 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods.

Floods happen everywhere, so this year especially needs to be handled with care.

8. From 2006 to 2015, total flood insurance claims averaged $1.9 billion per year.

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Maybe now is a good time to look into Flood Insurance before it is too late.

9. Floods are the most widespread natural disaster aside from wildfires.

90% of all U.S. natural disasters declared by the President involve some sort of flooding.

10. In preparation for a flood, it is important to stock up on emergency items

Make sure to stock up on essentials such as: first aid items, non-perishable foods, 3 gallons of water per person for 3 days, battery operated radio for weather reports, extra batteries, personal hygiene necessities.

11. To stay safe during a flood, go to the highest ground of floor possible.

If your skin comes in contact with flood water, make sure to wash it with soap and disinfected water because the contents are unknown.

Now that you know, it is best to prepare. The chance of severe flooding in Oregon is at an all-time high. For an example of what could be in your emergency kit watch this video. Make sure to stay up to date with weather warnings, and take immediate action if necessary.

If you do not already have Flood Insurance, maybe now is a good time to look into your options. For more information on available coverage call Bisnett Insurance at 800.303.0419. We are here standing by to make sure you are properly protected.

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