The Gulf Coast is home to five states – Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. It stretches for a total of 17,141 miles of mostly tidal shoreline and ecosystems. Due to its geographical location, urban development in low-lying areas, and natural weather patterns, the Gulf Coast remains one of the most vulnerable areas for flooding in the entire United States. For over a decade, FEMA has watched the area closely and updated their flood studies for the entire coastline. If you have a home along the Gulf Coast, you may be at risk for flood damage.
Between 1980 and 2013, flood damage resulted in over $260 billion in property damage. From 2006 to 2015, federal flood insurance claims averaged $1.9 billion annually. These figures do not include the damage caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, however. The statistics are likely far higher, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts.Unfortunately, the only safety measure against flooding is elevation. It’s a popular business here in Mississippi – elevation companies. It takes just a single inch of water inside of your home to cause significant water damage. As such, it’s important to know the flood level of your home. If you live in a flood zone, as per FEMA’s flood map, then you need both flood insurance and safeguards in place.
Depending on your flood zone, you may have an annual risk of flooding ranging from once every 500 years to once every 100 years. Now, once every 100 years doesn’t sound too terrible, but it’s actually one of the worst flood zones. You can protect your family, home, and possessions, though.
If your home has recently flooded, call Restoration 1 of Gulf Coast. We provide emergency flood damage restoration and storm recovery services at any hour. When disaster strikes, pick up the phone and call 228-231-9745.