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Posted on: June 17, 2022

Flood insurance encouraged in Schultz Creek Watershed and the Rio de Flag floodplain

Preliminary flood hazard modeling of areas impacted by the Pipeline Fire indicates an increased risk of flooding for some neighborhoods within Flagstaff City limits. Specifically, residents whose homes are in the neighborhoods of Creighton Estates, Forest Hills, Cheshire, Coyote Springs, Anasazi Ridge, Coconino Estates, Ridge Crest, Rock Ridge Estates, Clark Homes, North End, Downtown Flagstaff, Flagstaff Townsite, or Southside and whose homes are located within a FEMA Zone A, AE, AH, or shaded X should immediately purchase or maintain flood insurance. Homeowners insurance policies do not cover flood damage and coverage must be purchased separately. 

 

A map of Flagstaff neighborhoods is available at https://bit.ly/3xWzDSF. A map of FEMA floodplain designations by address is available at https://msc.fema.gov/portal/home

 

Residents are encouraged to purchase flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Flood insurance is the only way for residents to be compensated for flood damage on private property. If your insurance agent is not aware of the procedures for selling flood insurance policies, then please contact NFIP at 1-877-336-2627 for a referral. You can also find a local insurance agent at www.floodsmart.gov. Properties that are in a post-wildfire flood environment may be eligible for expedited coverage and reduced waiting periods. 

The City of Flagstaff is working with its partners, including the Coconino County Flood Control District, to analyze new impacts to flood risk due to the Pipeline Fire. More information on the risk of flooding will be released as it is available.

 

It is important to note that the Pipeline Fire has not impacted the Spruce Wash Watershed and accordingly, the flood risk for neighborhoods impacted by Museum Fire post wildfire flooding remains the same. 

For questions related to FEMA floodplains, please call the City of Flagstaff stormwater department at 928-213-2472. For other questions, please contact Sarah Langley, City of Flagstaff Public Affairs Director at sarah.langley@flagstaffaz.gov or 928-853-5596

 

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