Western Europe Can Expect More Heavy Rainfall And Fatal Floods As The Climate Warms

Is My House in a Flood Zone? Search FEMA Flood Map by Address and So Much More

Considering all that’s happening with climate change and the potential risk it brings to homeowners, you may be wondering if your house is in a flood zone. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer, looking to sell a vacation home, or simply a homeowner looking for some answers, you have the right and responsibility to find out.

“For almost everyone, finding out a home you’ve fallen in love with is in a high-risk flood zone can be a little heartbreaking.” 

Flooding is one of the most expensive natural disasters, causing damage to not only your house’s structure but your belongings. In fact, if your home floods just one inch, the damage can cost you upwards of $25,000. Flood damage can result from many environmental factors, such as hurricanes, a breached dam, severe storms, over-saturated ground from overflowing rivers, lakes, oceans, and more.

Whether you’re living in Vancouver, BC, or Miami, FL, floods can happen anywhere, and the number of homes at risk of flooding increases every year. However, many people across the nation aren’t sure what flood zone their home, or prospective home, is in and if they’re truly at risk. We’ll walk through how to check your home’s flood zone, what the different flood zones mean, and what you need to know if you’re buying or selling a house in a flood zone…READ ON

Western Europe Can Expect More Heavy Rainfall And Fatal Floods As The Climate Warms

Heavy rainfall and catastrophic flooding events like those that hit Western Europe last month will be more frequent and intense due to climate change, a new scientific study says.

In this file photo dated Saturday, July 17, 2021, people check for victims in flooded cars on a road in Erftstadt, Germany, following heavy rainfall that broke the banks of the Erft river, causing massive damage. Scientists say global warming makes the kind of extreme rainfall that caused deadly flash floods in western Europe last month more likely, though it remains unclear exactly how much. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, FILE)

From July 12-15, heavy rainfall led to severe flooding that killed more than 200 people in Germany and Belgium, and caused billions of dollars worth of damage.

The World Weather Attribution initiative, an international group of climate scientists behind the report, said July’s historic rainfall was 1.2 to 9 times more likely to happen due to global warming.

The researchers used peer-reviewed scientific methods to examine how human-induced climate change affected rainfall events in Europe this summer…READ ON

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