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County urges residents to be “flood smart” during monsoon

6/17/2015

NORTH VALLEY – After last year’s record-breaking monsoon season, Maricopa County is urging valley residents to be “flood smart” this summer by understanding the risks and being prepared to take action if a flood occurs.

“Monsoon season officially started June 15, but we’ve already seen two rain storms hit the Valley in the last week,” said Steve Chucri, Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and District 2 Supervisor. “It is important that all residents understand the risks of flooding and take the necessary steps to protect themselves and their property this summer.”

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States, causing more than $25 billion in losses over the last ten years. The National Flood Insurance Program paid over $7 million in flood insurance claims last year just in Maricopa County.

“Last monsoon season reminded us that flooding does happen in the desert and the location can change with each storm,” said Bill Wiley, Chief Engineer and General Manager of the Flood Control District of Maricopa County. “Just because you haven’t been flooded in the past does not mean you won’t be flooded in the future. People should prepare for flooding no matter where they live.”

This monsoon season, Maricopa County encourages you to:
·         Be prepared by purchasing flood insurance and taking steps to protect your home.
·         Be safe by avoiding flooded intersections and washes.
·         Be informed by checking the Weather Outlook and flood forecasts available at http://www.fcd.maricopa.gov.

The District is providing information and videos on their Web site on how the public can prepare for flood emergencies. Visit http://www.fcd.maricopa.gov/ for more information on how you can be prepared for this monsoon season.