Three people are confirmed dead due to the raging waters in Colorado, Reuters reports. Dams have been destroyed, thus putting more lives at risk. Commerce City and Lyons are among those towns ordering evacuations. I-70 was closed near Beaver Brook due to a rock slide, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Other roads and highways are simply being swept away.
The Weather Channel is predicting yet more rain. Residents should listen to their local news stations – be it television or radio – for updates and relevant information. If you are advised to evacuate, secure your home and then leave. If you have time, bring in your outdoor furniture and turn off utilities. When evacuating, do not walk through moving water. Do not drive in flooded areas. If the road is flooded or otherwise closed, turn around. Be watchful for floods, mudslides and other dangers.
President Barak Obama has declared a Federal Emergency for the water-drenched Colorado. This action authorizes FEMA – the Federal Emergency Management Agency - to coordinate all disaster relief efforts alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by, in this case, flooding on the local population.
Floods are the number one natural disaster in the United States. Homeowners’ insurance policies do not generally cover flood damage. Readers are encouraged to review their insurance policy. Flood insurance is available to most renters, homeowners and businesses. A policy can be purchased through any licensed property and casualty insurance agent.
Information on how to obtain flood insurance, and determine your risk for flooding, can be found at www.floodsmart.gov, or by calling 1-888-379-9531. Once at the site, search the risk and estimated cost for your location. The site provides your risk.
Readers can follow the Colorado Department of Transportation on Twitter at @ColoradoDOT.
This article was taken in part from a press release by the Pennsylvania Insurance Department.
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