New York and the Northeast were hit by the heaviest rainfall in recorded history, Hurricane Ida.
The storm was so powerful that it left much of New York without power or running water, damaged homes, roads and other infrastructure – especially in coastal communities.
This event has made it clear that cities need to be more prepared for disasters.
New York is a coastal state, which means that it is more vulnerable to the risks of flooding. The Northeast experienced a devastating hurricane in 2012. Hurricane Sandy caused billions of dollars in damages and killed at least 159 people. New York Metropolitan Area was the most affected region of the northeast United States.
This guide will help you prepare for flooding in New York by telling you about the risks that are present, how to stay safe during an emergency, what to do when you're flooded out, and what resources are available to help if this happens to you.
The following infographic highlights different ways to protect your home from flooding.
Limiting the amount of water that enters your home is the first thing you can do to protect it. Install gutters, use durable roof materials, and maintain the slope of your yard to ensure that water drains off the property quickly.
Pay close attention to areas around doors and windows where rain can pool, as these are much more susceptible to flooding problems. Some homes have an underground area that allows water seepage inside, so consider investing in a sump pump or waterproofing paint to prevent this from happening.
Sump pumps are very good for these cases because they pump out any excess water before it causes any damage. They are also easy to install yourself if you have basic plumbing knowledge or are able to hire a professional.