According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, flooding happens in every U.S. state and territory and is a threat anywhere in the world wherever it rains.
You've likely seen terrifying videos of flash flooding or flooding that covers city streets and roadways. With more severe weather, there will be more flash floods and flood warnings.
The risk of flooding should not be ignored when you are buying a home. You may think the only areas prone to flooding are close to large bodies of water but this is not the case.
The surest way to know if an area is in a flood zone is by checking the FEMA flood map.
You can learn more about severe weather and what to know about flooding on the NOAA Severe Weather 101 website.
If you are buying a home, check the FEMA flood map to see if the home of interest is in a flood zone. If a home is in an area designated a high-risk flood zone, the flood insurance could cost you thousands of dollars a year.