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The Worst Floods in US History

In light of the heavy rains that back in January triggered flooding, mud flows and freeway closures across Southern California, we thought that we’d take a look at some of the largest floods in US history. We do this to show that disaster is not on a timetable or schedule. A house flood can happen at any time of year and in any region of the country as the following examples illustrate.

Johnstown Flood (1898): More than 2,000 people are believed to have lost their lives as a result of this flood which took place on May 31, 1898 and was the result of the collapse of the South Fork Dam. The collapse is attributed to heavy rainfall that had collected in the region. By the end of the flood it is estimated that $453 million dollars in property damage had been done.
Mississippi River (1927): This flooding of the Mighty Mississippi was responsible for the deaths of 500 people. The river also left people 600,000 homeless. The flooding affected the states of Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana and destroyed more than 16 million acres of land. Many lessons were learned from this devastating flood and flood policy across the US is still influenced by those lessons.floods
Ohio River Flood (1928): This is the third deadliest flood in US history. It impacted people for months and left many homeless. So widespread was the flooding that people 30 miles from the river were also affected.
Hurricane Camille (1969): in August of 1969, Hurricane Camille made landfall in the Gulf and affected Virginia in a big way. Eventually Camille moved from the gulf into the Appalachians. When it was done it caused $1.4 billion in damage in the region and lead to the passage of The Disaster Relief Act of 1969.
Hurricane Katrina (2005): Hurricane Katrina is not only the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history; it is also among the most controversial due to what many have characterized as a slow response by FEMA. Eighty percent of New Orleans was underwater at some point and the effects of the $81 billion disaster are still being felt today.
As you can see, water can be as damaging as its opposite – fire. In fact, we specialize in water repair damage because that is the kind of damage that often occurs after fire.

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