The Red Cross has reported the flood devastating Louisiana as the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy slammed the East Coast in 2012. Over 25 inches of rain flooded southeastern Louisiana leaving six people dead and 20,000 people rescued. Following this historic floods, Louisianans are bracing for a second menace, mold; which threatens to wipe out many properties. Mold can consume homes quickly, leaving complete renovation as an only solution.
Did You Know?
- From coast to coast, all 50 states in the U.S. are subject to flooding
- 90% of all U.S. natural disasters declared by the President involve flooding
- More than 20% of insurance claims come from people outside of mapped high-risk flood areas
- Most homeowner’s and business insurance policies do not provide coverage for flood damage
- In areas that are high-risk, homeowners face a 1 in 4 chance of flooding during a 30-year mortgage
Property owners can do many things to mitigate flood & mold damage. The first step is to understand your risk for a flood event. Your flood risk isn’t based on history, it’s based on many factors that include: weather patterns, natural changes in the environments and recent development in your community. While everyone is at risk for some type of flood event, identifying high risk flood areas are critical for creating an effective response plan.
Effective response plans include steps to take before a flood, what to do during a flood and important measures to take following a flood. The importance of a disaster response plan cannot be overstated. Donan has put together a Home Safety Checklist which provides critical safety measures homeowners should take.
11 Facts About Floods. (n.d.). Retrieved September 01, 2016, from https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-floods
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