Nearly 25 percent of flood insurance claims come from areas mapped outside high-risk “flood-zone” areas.
2016 has developed into an El Niño weather year.
The term El Niño refers to the large-scale ocean-atmosphere climate interaction linked to a periodic warming in sea surface temperatures across the Pacific.
As a result, typical El Niño effects for our region include warmer and wetter-than-average conditions that tend to start around December, typically lasting nine to 12 months, but some prolonged events may last for years.
South Carolina just experienced levee failures. Be aware–levees and dams can and do FAIL– America’s dams earned a “D” in The American Society of Civil Engineers’ most recent Report Card for America’s Infrastructure(2013). About 4,000 dams in the country are in need of repairs – and about half of those deficient dams could cost lives if they were to fail.