As a naturally occurring phenomenon that can happen almost anywhere at any time, floods represent the highest regional threat in Northern Kentucky. At the most basic level, floods are defined as the accumulation of water over normally dry areas of land. Floods can be mild, leaving minor debris, or washing landscaping away, or severe wherein buildings and structures are damaged or destroyed. As an area with main watersheds, risk assessment is essential to prepare and mitigate the negative effects of flooding on the health of our populations.
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It’s no surprise floods put many assets at risk. First and foremost are those impacting human life through injuries, and loss of loved ones. Second, are our many personal property and physical assets which we use in our daily lives. Third are the infrastructure assets which are the foundation upon which our communities thrive and are essential for sustaining life as we know it. Loss of these assets without the ability to recover puts families and communities at severe risk of collapse.