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Reducing Our Risk
Organization: City of Arlington, Texas
In 2010, remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine caused widespread flooding in Arlington, submerging many low-lying pockets under several feet of water. Firefighters had to use ladders and boats to reach stranded residents and over twenty roadways, including several arterial streets, were flooded and closed due to hazardous conditions. The flooding caused intermittent power outages, temporary road closures, evacuations, contaminated water supplies in some areas, and hazardous post flood conditions. Approximately 250 homes were flooded or left uninhabitable throughout the City. Residents were confused about why their homes flooded and why the City was unable to prevent the flooding. Many did not have insurance or were unaware that their homeowner’s and renter’s policies did not cover flood damage. The City used the disaster to try to educate citizens and City leaders about the dangers of flooding, with the Sink or Swim Flood Novella. The City has since continued the mission to promote flood safety awareness whenever possible.