Floods is one the dangerous hazards that the world can have. Flooding cannot just cause areas to be filled with water but the danger from it can cause structural, electrical and other hazards. Flooding can be cause by severe natural hazards like hurricanes. Michigan late winter and spring floods are by far the most. One of the places where there are no hurricanes but severe snow storms, blizzards that do not cause flooding till after the happening. “More than 90 percent of the annual peak discharge of the Red Cedar River at East Lansing. The Muskegon River at Evart and the Sturgeon River near Saginaw have occurred from December 1 through June 1.” Here in Michigan flooding and drought is caused mostly of snow. Runoff is increased by the melting of the snow and frozen soils. Some flood stages are also common by the increase of “backwater from icejams, as river’s ice accumulates where it is unable bends or past obstacles. Flooding always gives more than just water, it causes places change. In Michigan flooding causes for roads to erode and walkways. People lose their homes and farms due to these floodwaters.
Like stated in the article “Michigan Flood Fact” As “fast melting snow combined with severe storms and heavy rainfall has the potential to cause extensive flooding in spring…” People in Michigan often live behind levees or dams that obviously concern then when it talks about flooding. “Coastal flooding can also affect more than 4.8 million residents that live along 3,200miles of the freshwater coastline in Michigan.” Those owners need to be aware of these risks; especially in the spring when snow stops to fall they need to be prepared financially in case a flood occurs. In the past 10 years, Michigan experienced four declared disasters. In May and June of 2008 after months of heavy precipitation, a number of rivers overflowed their banks in the Midwest and coastal flooding hit communities on Lake Lansing. “The storm and flooding damage resulted in the distribution of more than $15.4 million in public assistance.”