The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that each year approximately 90 percent of all disaster-related property damage results from flooding. Over the past decade, the average flood claim in the United States has been more than $46,000 with yearly totals averaging $3.5 billion per year. In addition to the damage to the interior contents and finish materials, as well as the damages to mechanical and electrical equipment, the forces associated with floodwaters can cause damage to the structural members of a building through several different means. Following the flood event, an engineer may be required to determine the origin and extent of damage, and prepare the scope of repairs required to restore the structure to its original (pre-flood) condition.
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