Myth #1: Hurricanes, not floods, are the No. 1 natural disaster and cause the biggest economic losses in the United States.
Hurricanes grab the headlines, but because floods happen in virtually every part of the country, they cause more losses than any other type of natural disaster.
What causes floods?
- Rising rivers
- Early snowmelts
- Manmade problems from the construction of roads, shopping malls, homes, and industrial complexes