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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Flash Flood

A sudden and extreme volume of water, which flows rapidly. Flash floods usually result from large amounts of rain falling in a brief period. They occur with little or no warning and can become quite powerful within a few minutes.

Flood

This is an abnormal progressive rise in the water level, which may result in overflowing and inundation of normally dry land.

Flood-proofing

This is a combination of structural changes and adjustments to properties subject to flooding in order to reduce or eliminate vulnerability to flood damage.

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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.