It’s happening around the world and damages keep rising every hour. Flooded places will need time and help to recover. Unfortunately, not only materialistic damage is done, people keep losing lives in floods. It is really shocking to watch the videos and pictures about flooded places; we can’t even imagine how affected people are struggling. Tasmania is having flood crises and our prayers are with them.

Floods Are Destructive

A flood occurs when water overflows land that is normally dry. This can happen in a multitude of ways. Most common is when rivers or streams overflow their banks. Excessive rain, a ruptured dam or levee, rapid ice melting in the mountains, or even an unfortunately placed beaver dam can overwhelm a river and send it spreading over the adjacent land, called a floodplain.

Coastal flooding occurs when a large storm or tsunami causes the sea to surge inland. Most floods take hours or even days to develop, giving residents ample time to prepare or evacuate. Others generate quickly and with little warning. These flash floods can be extremely dangerous. Moving water has awesome destructive power. When a river overflows its banks or the sea drives inland, structures poorly equipped to withstand the water's strength are no match. Bridges, houses, trees, and cars can be picked up and carried off. The erosive force of moving water can drag dirt from under a building's foundation, causing it to crack and tumble.

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