ICD-10-CM Code X38.XXXA

Flood, initial encounter

Version 2020 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

X38.XXXA is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of flood, initial encounter. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code X38.XXXA might also be used to specify conditions or terms like accident caused by flood arising from remote storm, accident caused by flood from melting snow, accident caused by flood resulting directly from storm, accident caused by flooding, accident caused by storms and floods resulting from storms, flash flood, etc

Short Description:Flood, initial encounter
Long Description:Flood, initial encounter


The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Accident caused by flood arising from remote storm
  • Accident caused by flood from melting snow
  • Accident caused by flood resulting directly from storm
  • Accident caused by flooding
  • Accident caused by storms and floods resulting from storms
  • Flash flood
  • Flood

Convert X38.XXXA to ICD-9

  • E908.2 - Accident d/t floods (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • External causes of morbidity and mortality (V01–Y98)
    • Exposure to forces of nature (X30-X39)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients


Floods are common in the United States. Weather such as heavy rain, thunderstorms, hurricanes, or tsunamis can cause flooding. Flooding can also happen when a river or stream overflows its bank, when a levee is breached, or when a dam breaks. Flash floods, which can develop quickly, often have a dangerous wall of roaring water. The wall carries rocks, mud, and rubble and can sweep away most things in its path.

Be aware of flood hazards no matter where you live, but especially if you live in a low-lying area, near water or downstream from a dam. Although there are no guarantees of safety during a flood, you can take actions to protect yourself. You should have a disaster plan. Being prepared can help reduce fear, anxiety, and losses. If you do experience a disaster, it is normal to feel stressed. You may need help in finding ways to cope.

Federal Emergency Management Agency

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