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Posted on: May 7, 2019

Anywhere it can rain, it can flood. Learn more.

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Anywhere it can rain, it can flood.

In Hampton Roads, flooding is a growing concern and having flood insurance is growing necessity. You don’t have to be in a high-risk zone to experience flooding, and damage from just one inch of water can cost more than $25,000. Most homeowners insurance policies do not cover flood damage.

To separate fact from fiction when it comes to flooding risks in Hampton Roads, Newport News partnered with other local jurisdictions and the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission to develop www.GetFloodFluent.org. This website works to educate residents about flood risks in Hampton Roads using easy-to-understand language, an interactive challenge to test your flooding fluency, video stories of local residents whose homes were devastated by local flooding, and facts—lots of facts:

  • Floods are the most common natural hazards.
  • Anywhere it can rain, it can flood. And the area’s rainfalls have become more intense and frequent over the past four decades.
  • It doesn’t have to be raining for flooding to occur. Flooding can come from storm surge, high tides, and wind direction.
  • Hampton Roads is experiencing the highest rate of sea level rise on the East Coast, and the region is sinking by an inch or two every 20 years.
  • You don’t have to be in a high-risk zone to experience flooding.
  • Flood damage typically isn’t covered by homeowners or renters insurance.

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