Recently Burned Areas at Higher Flood Risk

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Flooding is possible anywhere in San Bernardino County. While the county is prepared and residents have been given instructions on what they should do to get ready, recent rainfall is a reminder to residents living in burn scar areas to prepare for potential flooding.

Normally, vegetation absorbs rain, but after a wildfire, the charred ground where that vegetation has been burned away cannot easily absorb rainwater, increasing the risk of flooding and mudflows for several years. Properties directly affected by fires and/or located downstream of burn areas are most at risk.

The best preparation for possible flooding is to plan ahead. San Bernardino County Fire’s Ready! Set! Go! flood preparation web page shows you some things you can do to protect your home, property and family. www.sbcfire.org/

You can also download the Ready SB County app from the Google Play or Apple Store for flood safety information. See current and upcoming weather events at www.weather.gov.

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