December 4, 2015
Press Release

LOS ANGELES - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) shared the following information to help constituents deal with the effects of El Niño.

Large areas across California are at an increased risk for flooding from El Niño as a direct result of recent wildfires and years of drought. Large-scale wildfires can dramatically alter the landscape and ground conditions, which increase the risk of flooding within the burn and downstream areas. 

Historically, when precipitation falls on unprotected earth on moderate to steep slopes, it can cause soil instability that often leads to significant landslides and debris runoff.  Additionally, extreme drought and increased temperatures create ground conditions that cannot easily absorb rainwater.  Until the ground becomes stable, the unprotected areas may continue to be at increased risk for years. 

Constituents should be aware of a few things when considering flood insurance:

  • Constituents cannot get flood insurance at the last minute. In most cases, it takes 30 days for a new flood insurance policy to go into effect. So get your policy now.
  • Only Flood Insurance Covers Flood Damage. Most standard homeowner’s policies do not cover flood damage.
  • It is recommended that you get all the coverage you'll need. Your insurance agent can walk them through an appropriate policy.

More information on flood preparedness can be found here.