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How Flash Floods Can Start In Roseville

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

Flash floods are, as the name implies, difficult to predict and often deadly in their intensity.

Flash Floods

Flash floods have become increasingly common in America, due in no small part to the seemingly endless growth of civilization and infrastructure. Flash floods are, as the name implies, difficult to predict and often deadly in their intensity. There are numerous ways that flash floods can form, many of which are caused or fueled by human development. Typically, you'll have a few hours' notice before a flash flood hits, at most, so take warnings seriously and don't get caught in a dangerous situation.

Saturated Or Dry Soil
The most common cause of flash flooding remains rooted in the soil conditions of an area being hit by a major storm. If the soil is particularly dry or saturated with recent rainfall, it may be overwhelmed with the addition of more water, forcing the creation of runoff and leading to large-scale flood damage in Roseville. Especially with drought conditions, these types of floods can happen relatively often.

Overflowing Dams And Infrastructure
Another cause for flash floods originates in dams and other water-based infrastructure. Should the water overflow from a large structure such as a dam, it can come flowing out in high enough volumes to cause a flash flood. This may also happen with natural banks and river bends as well, so be mindful if your home is near a water source. This has been a problem in Roseville's past, and multiple floods have formed in this way in Sacramento since the city was founded.

Street Overflow
Smaller flash floods can occur sporadically on some streets if drainage infrastructure is incorrectly placed or maintained. During torrential rains, asphalt will not absorb any water, and if the drains can't adequately dispose of extra water, it often has nowhere to go but nearby residential lots.

Being watchful for unexpected storms and flash flood warnings could save your life, so be sure to take any future warnings seriously. SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville is always ready to help clean up and restore your home after the damage is done. Call us at (916) 966-2601.

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