Flood After Fire Campaign

For several years after a wildfire, residents living in fire-affected areas and nearby communities face an increased risk of flooding and mudflows. Local agents 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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More on the NFIP’s Flood After Fire Campaign

Burnt, charred ground can’t absorb water, making rainfall more dangerous in communities affected by wildfires. See how flood insurance can give financial protection and peace of mind.

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Talking points

Provide your clients with key information about flooding after wildfires.

  • After an intense wildfire, burned vegetation and charred soil form a water-repellent layer blocking water absorption for years.
  • During rainfall, water bounces off the soil and even a light rain can potentially turn into a flood or mudflow.
  • Properties located below or downstream from burn areas are at an increased risk of flooding.
  • Just one inch of floodwater in your home can cause $25,000 of damage.
  • Most homeowners and renters insurance policies do not cover flood damage.