Floods are among the most costly and deadly natural disasters that occur in the United States, coming in second to heat events.
As of September 11, 2023, there have been 23 confirmed weather/climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each to affect the United States (source: NOAA NCEI). These events resulted in the deaths of 253 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted.
NOAA is working on solutions to improve extreme weather forecasts to save lives, reduce property damage, and better prepare the public for disastrous weather events. The Weather Program Office contributes to these solutions by allocating funds set aside by congress to improve forecasting of extreme events through scientific research.