A flood, as defined by the
National Flood Insurance Program
is: "A general and temporary condition of partial or complete
inundation of two or more acres of normally dry land area or of
two or more properties (at least one of which is your property)
Overflow of inland or tidal waters,
Unusual and rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters
from any source, or
collapse or subsidence of land along the shore of a lake or
similar body of water as a result of erosion or undermining
caused by waves or currents of water exceeding anticipated
cyclical levels that result in a flood."
Floods can be slow, or fast rising but generally develop over a
period of days. Mitigation includes any activities that prevent
an emergency, reduce the chance of an emergency happening, or
lessen the damaging effects of unavoidable emergencies.
Investing in mitigation steps now, such as, engaging in
floodplain management activities, constructing barriers, such as
levees, and purchasing flood insurance will help reduce the
amount of structural damage to your home and financial loss from
building and crop damage should a flood or flash flood occur.