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What You Should Know About Flooding Damage After a Fire

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Recent storm caused some flash floods in this Hampden,CO home

After a fire damages your home in Hampden,CO, you may be eager to return to your home and start making immediate repairs. However, it’s important to know that flooding can often occur after a fire. FEMA NFIP, or the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Flood Insurance Program, can help you to prepare for a flood at any time, even after a fire.

Why Do Floods Occur After Fires and Why Are They Often Severe?

There are several reasons floods can cause catastrophic damage after a fire. A few common causes of floods occurring after fires can include:

  • Fires frequently destroy plant life and excessive water cannot be absorbed by plants
  • Plant life can take months or even years to grow back, making an area that has experienced fire damage at risk for an extended period of time
  • With less vegetation, an average amount of rain can result in a flood
  • Floodwater picks up any debris left behind from a fire, which can add to the damage done by floodwaters

What Can I Do to Prepare?

There are several ways in which you can prepare for a flood after a fire, including:

  • Purchasing flood insurance from FEMA NFIP or other programs before a fire or flood occurs
  • Store valuable documents and other items in water-proof, fire-proof containers or safes
  • Know multiple ways in which you can evacuate if a fire or flood occurs

It’s important to understand the risks of flooding after a fire. With the help of FEMA NFIP, you can insure your home and be prepared for a flood if it occurs. Understanding why a flood could occur after a fire can help you take preventative steps to protect yourself and your home. If your home has experienced flooding damage or wildfire damage, it can help to contact water and fire damage restoration experts who can help restore and repair you your home.

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