For the past couple of weeks, there has been a higher than normal amount of rainfall in Florida due to the severe effects of El Nino this year. So it comes as a shock that our sunshine state received a failing grade when it comes to flood preparedness. The ‘States at Risk Project’ ranked Florida on how it prepares for climate threats such as extreme heat, drought, wildlife, inland flooding, and coastal flooding. Here is our less than satisfactory report card:
- Extreme heat, D
- Drought, B-plus
- Wildfire, B-plus
- Inland flooding, D-minus
- Coastal flooding, F
Our failing grade is alarming because Florida has the highest risk of coastal flooding than any other state. Most of Florida’s area is flat or close to sea level elevation, and the land is made of very porous material. We also have the longest area of seacoast in the continental US. These factors all increase our risk of flooding.
Coastal residents saw an example of extreme coastal flooding with the recent king tide during this season’s super moon which inundated many areas. Properties in Boca Raton and Delray were damaged due to this event.
Sea level rise is exacerbating the issue as well. NOAA measurements from Lake Worth show a rise of 1.10 feet per 100 years. With such low land elevation, this can cause dramatic consequences.
If you own a home or property, even minor flooding can lead to astronomical costs in repairs and mitigation.
If water is not dried within 24-48 hours, there is always the risk of mold growth which will further damage the building materials in addition to possibly causing health issues in occupants. Lingering water can increase the humidity in a room and soak into building materials like carpeting and drywall, creating a favorable environment for mold. That is why it is crucial to call a company that specializes in both emergency water damage services and mold removal in order to prevent future, more expensive issues. MVP Environmental Solutions is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is ready when you need us most.
Miller, Kimberly. “Florida Gets a failing Grade for Flood Preparedness.” Palm Beach Post. Cox Media Group, 20 Nov. 2015. Web. 22 Nov. 2015