SAFFORD — Graham County’s Emergency Management Department is reminding the public that, in addition to air quality issues, the Frye fire poses another threat to the community — flooding.
Flooding often occurs following a wildfire — particularly large-scale wildfires — as the fire leaves the ground unable to absorb water, resulting in flash flooding and mudslides. Flooding can even occur up to five years after the wildfire as vegetation struggles to take root.
The monsoon season is officially under way, and flooding is the most common hazard in Arizona even without wildfire, with 40 to 100 floods statewide each year.
The Department of Emergency Management and Military Affairs is recommending the following steps to protect against flooding:
• Visit FloodSmart to determine if property is at risk for flooding. FloodSmart has flood-hazard maps for every community.
• Measure the cost of a flood — calculate the cost of potential flood damage to the home.
• Insure the home. Insurance providers can discuss the types of flood insurance coverages available and appropriate for individual needs.
• Prepare the home by clearing debris from gutters, raising appliances and constructing barriers to prevent water from entering the home.
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