Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Post-Wildfire Flood Risk Assessments Being Conducted This Week in Blaine, Elmore Counties

Posted By on Tue, Oct 1, 2013 at 9:58 AM

A joint announcement this morning from the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security and the Idaho Department of Water Resources indicates that regional officials have significant flood concerns in the wake of this summer's wildfires and are encouraging homeowners and businesses to consider purchasing flood insurance.

Normally, vegetation absorbs rainfall or snow runoff but wildfires have left thousands of acres of Idaho with charred, barren ground, unable to absorb water. As a result, there is an escalated risk of flash floods and mudslides.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Walla Walla District will be deploying a team of technical experts this week to assess the region's post-wildfire conditions, particularly in Elmore and Blaine counties.

Most standard homeowners' policies don't include flood damage and without flood insurance homeowners and businesses must cover the costs to repair or rebuild on their own.

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