The National Climate Assessment indicates that the rapidly rising global temperatures have widespread and growing impacts, including more extreme weather, rising sea levels, increased precipitation, and flooding. Warmer water temperatures provide more heat energy and a greater potential for water-related events. The warmer the areas, the more precipitation, and rainfall that occurs, which may cause flooding. Flooding, and human health. The health effects of flooding include hazards from immediate exposure to storm impacts, such as drowning or electrocution from downed electrical wires. Related trauma, deaths, and injuries, and post-storm hazards that include efforts to evacuate, power outages, and sheltering in place in inadequate housing. Secondary hazards include contaminated drinking water, and mold, and moisture in housing. Longer-lasting impacts include vector-borne diseases, other water contamination from infrastructure damage, population displacement, disruption of public services, power and utility function, transportation, trash removal, disruption of healthcare services, and mental health effects, resulting from traumatic or stressful experiences during and after the storms. Social factors such as the social determinants of health where one lives, works, and goes to school, education and English proficiency, occupation, housing or homelessness or congregate, living in long-term care, prisons and institutional settings, and dependency upon caregivers all determine the impact of the risks posed by flooding, and ability to evacuate. Health professional response. Nurses and other health professionals who work in acute care settings are likely to see patients who suffer the effects of flooding being brought to emergency rooms for treatment. However, in disaster events such as flooding, entire communities can be affected and nurses' personal lives are often impacted as well. Every health care setting must have a disaster plan in place and prepare for the impacts of flooding located in high-risk areas. Communities as well must have plans in place, in order for any emergency response to effectively occur.