Monday, June 18, 2018

Flood After Fire

FEMA and Yavapai County Warn: Mayer, Spring Valley, and Poquito Valley at Increased Risk of Flooding Following Wildfire Season

Yavapai County urges residents to protect their homes, businesses, and personal property with flood insurance as rainy season approaches. Policies typically take 30 days to go into effect, so it is important for residents to call their insurance agents now to plan ahead.

Yavapai County, AZ – As multiple regions in Yavapai County recover from the devastation caused by wildfires, Yavapai County warns residents living in and surrounding wildfire areas about the high risk of flash flooding and mudflows, and urges them to protect their homes, businesses, and personal property with flood insurance. Wildfires result in a loss of vegetation and leave the ground charred and unable to absorb water. This creates conditions for flooding. Even areas that are not traditionally flood-prone are at risk of flooding for up to several years after a wildfire.

“It is important to remember that wildfires can impact flooding potential for years after a fire,” said Lynn Whitman, director of the Yavapai County Flood Control District. “Due to the lack of rain this past winter, regrowth in the Goodwin Fire area has been stagnant and areas that were impacted by the storms last summer face increased risk of flooding again this year.”

Floods are the most common and expensive natural disaster in the U.S. Just an inch of water in an average-sized home can cause more than $25,000 in damage. Most homeowner and renters’ insurance policies do not cover flood damage. Flood insurance is a separate policy that protects homes and belongings from floodwater damage so residents can recover after a storm.

For more information about flood risk and flood insurance, visit www.fema.gov/flood-after-fire 

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