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The rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land.

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What is a Flood?

Flooding happens during heavy rains, when rivers overflow, when ocean waves come onshore, when snow melts too fast or when dams or levees break.

Flooding may be only a few inches of water or it may cover a house to the rooftop.

Floods that happen very quickly are called flashfloods.

Flooding is the most common of all natural disasters. It can happen anywhere!

In New Jersey, we've been experiencing flooding recently. We even had a few days off from school in March, but our situation is more an inconvenience than a tragedy like people are facing in other parts of the world.

READ: The disaster Twins' Flood Story
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Saguenay River flood damage in
Grande-Baie, Quebec, 1996
Source: Saguenay, été 1996
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How Floods Effect

Communities ...

Floods can be devestating. Even when lives are not lost, flooding can cause serious damge that can take months to repair. When a community floods, it often loses power and a claen water supply making claen up and safety a major concern. In some situations floods can be so bad that they cause flash flooding, landslides, and may lead to death.



US: Johnstown Pennsylvania Destroyed in the Great Flood of 1889 - Excluding the floods caused by hurricanes, the worst and deadliest flood in the US (killing 2,200people)occurred on May 31, 1889 when the South Fork Dam burst.

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CANADA: Quebeck's Saguenay flood and mudslides hit in mid-July 1996. Many of the region's roads, bridges and other delivery systems for power and water simply disappeared.

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New Zealand: February 19, 1938 - Twenty men and one woman were drowned when a sudden cloudburst sent a wall of water surging through a public works camp at Kopuawhara, near Māhia. This was New Zealand’s deadliest 20th-century flood.

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What Can You Do ...

Important terms to know:

  • Flood Watch or Flashflood Watch -- Flooding may happen soon. Stay tuned to the radio or television news for more information. If you hear a flashflood warning, talk to an adult immediately!
  • Flood Warning -- You may be asked to leave the area. A flood may be happening or will be very soon. Tell an adult if you hear a flood warning. If you have to leave the area, remember to bring your Disaster Supply Kit and make arrangements for your pets.
  • Flashflood Warning -- A flashflood is happening. Get to high ground right away. Tell an adult!

Driving Flood Facts

The following are important points to remember when driving in flood conditions:

  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
  • A foot of water will float many vehicles.
  • Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) and pick-ups.





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