Wildfires leave the ground unable to absorb water, creating conditions ripe for flooding. Burned vegetation and charred soil form a water-repellent layer blocking water absorption for years after a wildfire event. During rainfall, water bounces off the soil and even a light rain can potentially turn into a flood or mudflow. Residents living in fire-affected areas and nearby communities face an increased risk of flooding and mudflows.
Just one inch of floodwater in your home can cause $25,000 of damage, yet most homeowners and renters insurance policies do not cover flood damage. Flood insurance is an easy way to protect your home and property.
For more information on flood insurance, visit www.floodsmart.gov/
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