Flood Awareness

Flooding on Kiawah Island may be caused by a number of naturally occurring events including hurricanes, wave washes, tidal surges, tidal waves (tsunamis). Heavy rains over a short period can also overwhelm existing drainage capabilities. Floods from any cause are extremely dangerous events.

Flood Safety Tips

Do Not Walk Through Flowing Water

Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths. Currents are deceptive and a relatively small depth of fast moving water can knock you off your feet.

Use a Pole or Stick

If you must walk through standing water, use a pole or stick to make sure the surface ahead of you is solid.

Stay Away From Power Lines and Electrical Wires

Electrical currents can travel through water. Have your electricity turned off by the power company.

Look out for animals, especially snakes after a flood.

Animals will seek refuge where they can find it.

Walk Carefully.

The ground may be littered with broken glass, nails, etc.

Be alert for gas leaks.

Do not use candles, gas/oil lanterns, or any other spark producing devices until you are certain it is safe to do so.

Safeguards

Flood Proofing

  • Elevate buildings and homes above expected flood levels. Elevation is regulated for new construction, but existing homes can be raised.
  • Waterproof exterior walls.
  • Add watertight closures over doorways.
  • Move contents, electrical wiring, duct work, etc. to higher floors if they are susceptible to damage by flood waters.
  • Use water resistant materials in construction

Flood Insurance

Standard insurance policies do not cover damage from floods. Flood insurance is available through the National Flood Insurance Program. This coverage is backed by the federal government and is available to every property owner even if your property has a history of prior flooding. There is a limit to the amount of coverage available through this program, but excess coverage may be purchased. Be sure that the flood insurance you purchase covers both the building(s) and contents. Contents are likely to be more subject to damage from flood waters than the building structure itself.

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