Do Your Clients 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.

Agents near impacted areas are encouraged to use the resources below to work with clients to raise awareness about the risk of flooding after wildfires.

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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.

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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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Flood After Fire Risks

Fact Sheet
English/Spanish

Fact sheet outlining flooding after fire risks.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Understanding Mudflow and the NFIP

Fact Sheet
English/Spanish

Overview of NFIP mudflow coverage.

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What is Flood After Fire?

Infographic
English/Spanish

Infographic explaining ways to reduce the risk of flooding after a wildfire.