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Flood After Fire

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FEMA Warning: High Risk of Flooding After Historic Wildfire Season

As communities recover from devastating wildfires, residents living in both affected and surrounding areas face higher risk of flooding.

Wildfires can drastically change the terrain and make the ground less able to absorb water. Even areas that do not typically flood are now at risk for flash flooding and mudflows for up to five years after a wildfire.

Protect yourself by purchasing flood insurance today.

Most homeowners 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.

Policies typically take 30 days to go into effect. Don’t wait for local weather events—La Niña, spring snow melt, or monsoon season—to catch you off guard. Take action now.

Contact your agent or click here to learn more about the benefits of flood insurance. To find a local insurance agent call 1-800-427-4661.

Tools and Information

Below you’ll find helpful resources and local weather information to understand your area’s risk of flooding after wildfires.

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Last Updated: 
12/12/2017 - 10:11