FLOOD - A flood is an abnormal progressive rise in the water level of streams or rivers which may result in overflowing. Floods in the Caribbean can often be caused by heavy rainfall, dam or levee failures, tsunamis, storm surges or burst water mains.
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Flood Experiences

Barbados

In 2004, Barbados experienced three (3) days of heavy rainfall caused flooding and landslides in Northern Districts. Flash flooding in Northern districts. Flood waters reached as high as 4 feet in Sunset Crest, St. James. A number of persons were rescued from vehicles.

Guyana

Between December 20, 2004 and February 14, 2005 heavy rains caused widespread damage in Guyana.
 

People killed: 37
People Injured: 0
People Homeless: 0
People Affected: 274,774
Total Cost: USD 2,680,877,547.00
Source: ECLAC Report

 

Damage assessment cost by sector
 

Housing USD 275,591,165.00
Education USD 1,978,207.00
Health USD 867,046.00
Agriculture USD 54,500,000.00
Commerce and Banking 
USD 72,400,000.00
Industry USD 4,800,000.00
Tourism USD 2,225,083,647.00
Public Utilities USD 21,502,110.00
Infrastructure

USD 24,155,372.00

St Lucia

In the year 1908, 1911 and 1933 a number of person were killed during floods. During these periods three (3) persons were killed in a landslide and ten (10) persons killed at night in flash flood in Mabouya Valley 1 in landslide at Roseau in 1911.

 

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12 inches of water can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
New land development can increase flood risk, especially if the construction changes natural runoff paths.
In cases of severe flooding, water can take weeks to subside.
Large volumes of water can cause roadbeds to collapse.
Deforestation can cause flooding.
Flooding is the most common natural hazard.
Flash-flooding can occur within minutes.
Dams and levees are built to prevent flooding.
Flooding can cause millions of dollars in damage.
6 inches of moving water can sweep you off your feet.
Oil, and other chemicals carried in floodwaters can ruin crops and be hazardous to your health
When soil gets saturated with water, landslides may occur
More people die from drowning in fresh water floods during a hurricane or storm, than from any other cause.