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Melting Snow Raises Prospect Of Flooding In Parts Of U.S.

March 11, 2011 by  

Melting snow raises prospect of flooding in parts of U.S.The early spring months are synonymous with increased risk of flooding in many regions throughout the United States. Melting snow and heavy rainfall can contribute to these natural disasters, which can cause immense property damage and post serious health risks.

According to The Associated Press, officials in Maine have urged residents who live in floodplains to make sure they have flood insurance. The State Planning Office said that many individuals mistakenly assume that their home or business insurance policies cover flood-related damage, but then later find out they were not covered. The agency estimates that as many as 75 percent of property in Maine's floodplains are not covered by flood insurance.

State Farm Insurance claims that floods kill more people in the U.S. than any other natural disaster, and about 25 percent of all flooding occurs in areas with low to moderate risks.

Aside from acquiring proper insurance, the company has suggested several survival tips to adequately prepare for these natural disasters. In the event of an impending flooding, individuals should listen to radio and television broadcasts to stay informed about the latest emergency procedures. If an evacuation order is issued, people should seek higher ground, avoiding buildings that are surrounded by floodwaters.

In addition, individuals should be very cognizant of their surroundings during a flood, whether they are indoors or outdoors. They should stay away from electrical wires and downed power lines, and be wary of small, potentially dangerous animals that have left their habitat to seek shelter.

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  • Warrior

    Can melting snow be taxed?

    • momplayer1954

      Don’t see why not,they tax everything else by the gallon.They could figure foe every foot of snow it cost XX amount of dollars for the taxpayer. Of course I live in Nevada and we’re always in a drout so I wouldn’t be effected. Hey maybe I should run for office.

  • http://com i41

    Do I hate to seee property loss or God forbid loss of human life, but don’t build by streams, drainage areas and low spots. Snow, rain, flooding and drought are part of this planets weather. Any simple minded idoit that thinks we can change or modify weather, a frontal or total brain removeal will not enlighten them any. Weather is never static, something the over educated book trained idoits should watch a tornado form and what it can do, and no simple minded man is going to control it or anything mother nature does. People need to think bedore they build and live in someplaces.

  • chuckb

    141, oh yeah! al gore can.

  • jopa

    i41;Your last line” People need to think before they build and live in someplaces”.What was going through your mind when you settled on South Dakota.Nice place for a quick visit but that’s it for me.

  • http://com i41

    Jopa, there you go againyou ass u ming again. Making an ass of your self. Yes I’ve lived in SD, Mt, Colo, And Wyo. I ususally live in Wyo. and Western SD, but I kind of curious where you get the duck bs. Our maybe you thinking of eastern SD. Again any dumb bastard that biulds in a low area or along a steam or on a flood plain. When your feet get wet tough s–t, like the idoits in NO and along any coastal area. Any pinhad that wants to live by a lake, ocean, or a draw is their own stupidity of their mental no mind.

  • Dennis Patrick

    “Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott’s house — he’s lost his entire house — there’s going to be a fantastic house. And I’m looking forward to sitting on the porch.”
    – George W. Bush, Sept. 2, 2005

    For an interesting perspective, read this:


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