The Weather Rules of Autumn: Never Sleep On Home Flooding Threats

“Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.” – Mark Twain

One August night, an unsuspecting Iowa homeowner goes to sleep under overcast, but non-threatening skies.

The next morning, she wakes up with two inches of water in her basement as the ruthless might of a torrential overnight storm invaded her home.

Across Iowa and the American Midwest, this heartwrenching and costly story (which played out throughout the Hawkeye State during torrential rainfall that battered most parts of Iowa on August 11, 2016) is playing out with more frequency than ever due to Mother Nature’s increasingly unpredictable fury. Our shifting weather patterns no longer play by the seasonal rules. Iowa’s historic 2008 flood left billions in property damage and was considered a once in a century occurance.

But who really knows when the Midwest’s next natural disaster will strike? Accuweather reports Iowa faces higher than average flooding threats statewide for this fall.

As World Atlas notes, “Across America’s Midwestern states, the weather is often unpredictable as very hot summers, winter blizzards and violent thunderstorms are not uncommon, and Iowa is no exception to that rule.”

As we head into autumn, a notoriously unpredictable season, Midwest home owners need to remain on guard and on top of home flooding risks. The National Weather Service’s 2016 National Hydrologic Assessment for Iowa advises, “heavy rainfall at any time can lead to flooding, even in areas where overall risk is considered low. Rainfall intensity and location can only be accurately forecast days in the future, therefore flood risk can change rapidly.”

Here’s a a home flooding threat awareness check list that can keep all homeowners ahead of home flooding threats:

  • Know Your Home’s Nature Flood Risk: Check your home’s flood risk at FloodSmart.gov.
  • Know Your Future Flood Risk: Checking weather.gov each morning or your community’s upcoming weather daily can help you be aware of what Mother Nature’s steering your way. Try to keep updated on your community’s upcoming seven-day forecast.
  • Have A Plan: Make A Home Flood Emergency Plan and Learn Your Community’s Emergency Plans.
  • Have A Flooding Worst Case Scenario Supply Kit: Make An Emergency Preparedness Kit including a flashlight, batteries, cash and first aid supplies.

Remember, never sleep on your home’s flooding threat, no matter what time of year the calendar says it is.

For as the ever-wise Mark Twain famously cautioned, “It is best to read the weather forecasts before we pray for rain.”

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