Living near the water has many proven therapeutic benefits, from increased happiness to better physical health. That’s why the most densely populated areas of the Central Coast stretch along the low-lying areas near creeks, estuaries, lagoons, coastal beaches and other bodies of water. These floodplains are popular, as they seem like an attractive lifestyle choice. However, they are also prone to flooding and contribute to increased pollution of the lakes. If you live on a floodplain, you need to remember to have your evacuation plan in order. All flood types can cause damage to property and place people’s lives at risk.