Make Sure Your Residents Know Their Post-Wildfire Flooding Risk

As communities across the West 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 several years after a wildfire.

If you live in and around areas impacted by wildfires, use the resources below to raise awareness about the risk of flooding after wildfires.

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A picture of a rubber duck sitting in a puddle as it rains.

After Wildfires, Your Flood Risk Goes Up (English)

Wildfires leave the ground charred, barren, and unable to absorb water. That means even light rain can potentially turn into a financially devastating flash flood or mudflow. Watch to learn more about the importance of flood insurance.

A picture of a rubber duck sitting in a puddle as it rains.

After Wildfires, Your Flood Risk Goes Up (Spanish)

Los incendios forestales dejan el suelo carbonizado, esteril e incapaz de absorber agua. Esto significa que incluso la lluvia ligera puede convertirse en una inundacion repentina o un deslizamiento de lodo. Vea este video para aprender más sobre la importancia de un seguro contra inundación.

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Flood After Fire Risks

Flyer
English/Spanish

Flyer explaining how wildfires can dramatically alter the terrain and increase the risk of floods.

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Flood After Fire Risks

Infographic
English/Spanish

Infographic explaining how wildfires can dramatically alter the terrain and increase the risk of floods

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Flood After Fire Risks

Poster
English/Spanish

Poster explaining how wildfires can dramatically alter the terrain and increase the risk of floods.

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Survivor Story: Santa Barbara County and Ventura County Community Members (15 sec)

Montecito and Ventura, California community members were essential to the region’s recovery following the devastating mudflows of January 2018. The area was left vulnerable to flooding after the Thomas Fire, the largest fire in California history at the time, ravaged the landscape the month before. Their experiences highlight the important role flood insurance plays in disaster preparation.

A picture of a man standing in a fire station.

Survivor Story: Santa Barbara County and Ventura County Community Members (30 sec)

Montecito and Ventura, California community members were essential to the region’s recovery following the devastating mudflows of January 2018. The area was left vulnerable to flooding after the Thomas Fire, the largest fire in California history at the time, ravaged the landscape the month before. Their experiences highlight the important role flood insurance plays in disaster preparation.

A picture of a person standing in a fire station

Survivor Story: Santa Barbara County and Ventura County Community Members (Long-form)

Montecito and Ventura, California community members were essential to the region’s recovery following the devastating mudflows of January 2018. The area was left vulnerable to flooding after the Thomas Fire, the largest fire in California history at the time, ravaged the landscape the month before. Their experiences highlight the important role flood insurance plays in disaster preparation.

A picture of a family standing outside of a house.

Survivor Story: The Marcillac Family (15 sec)

The Marcillac family lost their Santa Barbara home to the mudflows that devastated Southern California in January 2018. The mudflows occurred only a month after the Thomas Fire, the largest fire in state history at the time. With the help of flood insurance from the NFIP, they are rebuilding their home.

A picture of a family standing outside of a house.

Survivor Story: The Marcillac Family (30 sec)

The Marcillac family lost their Santa Barbara home to the mudflows that devastated Southern California in January 2018. The mudflows occurred only a month after the Thomas Fire, the largest fire in state history at the time. With the help of flood insurance from the NFIP, they are rebuilding their home.

A picture of a family standing outside of a house.

Survivor Story: The Marcillac Family (Long-form)

The Marcillac family lost their Santa Barbara home to the mudflows that devastated Southern California in January 2018. The mudflows occurred only a month after the Thomas Fire, the largest fire in state history at the time. With the help of flood insurance from the NFIP, they are rebuilding their home.