Dangers Of Living Near A Flood Plain
You would be surprised at just how many people live on or near floodplains and yet remain blissfully unaware of it. Floodplains are areas immediately adjacent to a large body of water, however some floodplains may be many miles away from a lake or river, which means the homeowners are not aware that they live in such a precarious situation.
To determine if your home is located in proximity to a floodplain, you must first determine where the nearest body of water is located. Almost any home located near such a body is located in a floodplain, which means increased risk for flooding in the event that the lake or river or stream overflows its banks. Flooding is most often the result of heavy downpours, clogged sewer systems, or broken dams and levees. Floodplain residents are at increased risk of flooding over those who live outside the floodplain region.
Some floodplain residents are lulled into a false sense of security due to the fact that there hasn’t been a flood in their area in many years. This is dangerous, since weather patterns do repeat themselves, and if the area has flooded before, it is usually only a matter of time before it does so again.
There are several dangers associated with living in a floodplain, the most obvious of which is the risk of death. Floods cause more fatalities than any other natural disaster, and most people are unprepared for the sheer power and force associated with water. Flooding may also damage or destroy property and livestock. Businesses located in these areas may be forced to close for extended periods.
Such losses may be felt for months or even years, and in some cases water may not recede past the floodplain for a period of months. Disease and illness are also common side effects of flooding, with water borne problems such as typhoid, cholera, malaria, and many more becoming serious threats in the aftermath.
It becomes important to protect yourself and your family from the flooding dangers and risks involved with living in or around a floodplain.