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Flooding in Forsyth County

Bethania Station floodingAreas susceptible to flood damage caused by heavy rainfall have been determined through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) floodplain-mapping program. The economic and human impact a hurricane or other heavy rainfall event has on a community depends greatly on how development has occurred within that community. Development in areas of high risk or vulnerability greatly increases the potential for property damage and loss of life.

Flooding is normally the result of a larger event such as a hurricane, nor’easter or thunderstorm, but flooding can be as frequent as the occurrence of a spring rain or a summer thunderstorm.

The evening of May 8, 2008, Forsyth County experienced a weather event involving flooding, severe thunderstorms and a tornado. Heavy rain caused flash flooding on Peters Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem and the evacuation of apartments on Johnsborough Court in the western portion of Winston-Salem. In total, five water rescues were conducted by the Winston-Salem Fire Department at the apartment complex.

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Winston Salem Forsyth County Flood Protection Information_2011

Learn how to protect yourself, your family and your property and ensure that you have the appropriate insurance to cover any losses that you may incur during a flood event.

 

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