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Don’t Drive or Walk Through Flooded Roads. Turn Around. Don’t Drown.

Flooding can occur in almost every part of the U.S. and during any month. In 2012, 39 percent of flood fatalities occurred from driving into flood water and 18 percent from walking into it. 

If you’re driving or walking and encounter flood water, turn around. Don’t drown.

It only takes six inches of water to knock over an adult and cause loss of control of a vehicle. A foot of water will float many vehicles and only two feet of rushing water will carry them away, including pickups and SUVs. 

The depth of flood water is not always obvious. It can be especially hard to judge at night. The best option is to play it safe and turn around.

Find out what you can do to keep your family safe before, during, and after floods.

Asked by Anonymous

Can my mortgage lender just add on flood insurance without proof?

Under federal law, you must purchase flood insurance if you will receive federal money to purchase or build a home in a high-risk flood area. A mortgage lender can also require flood insurance if you live in a moderate-to-low risk area. 

Learn more about mortgage lender requirements for flood insurance or about the National Flood Insurance program.

How to Get Help After Floods and Fires

If you live in an area impacted by fire or flooding, follow instructions from your local emergency management agency.

We have information to help you replace vital documents, apply for disaster assistance, stay safe, and file an insurance claim after a flood or fire.