Year after year, springtime flooding is linked to seasonal rain and rapid snowmelt, but this year may be a different story. Unseasonably warm temperatures and the noticeable lack of snow this winter may bring variable weather conditions in the coming months.

Areas that have received little precipitation this winter may later experience drought like conditions that, when the rain does come, can lead to flash flooding. Likewise, residents in western states may face an increased risk of flooding and mudslides due to the recent wildfires that left the ground charred and unable to absorb excess water.

The reality is, floods are the most common and costly natural disaster. Between 2006 and 2010, the average individual flood insurance claim was nearly $34,000. All it takes is a few inches of water to cause thousands of dollars of damage. Click here for helpful preparedness tips from and start preparing today.