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Flooding And Flood Risks
If there is something we learned about Hurricane Katrina, it was that the majority of the damage was caused by the flooding and not the impact of the hurricane. Sonoita, AZ's Monsoon season starts mid June and ends around mid September. The process starts with the hot and dry weather May and June bring. Usually, the winds come from the west and temperatures soar above 100 degrees.
Our rainy season brings in thunderstorms also known as electrical storms, coupled with torrential rain. The heavy rain brings down sheets of water accompanied by winds and lighting. The storms tend to last about two hours and temperatures are known to drop down to the 70's!
Hazards associated with torrential rains include flash floods, stream flooding, and landslides. Changing weather patterns, erosion, and development can affect floodplain boundaries.
Special Flood Hazard Areas represent the area subject to inundation by 1-percent-annual chance flood. Structures located within the SFHA have a 26-percent chance of flooding during the life of a standard 30-year mortgage. Federal floodplain management regulations, and flood insurance is mandatory if you live in a high-risk area when you have a mortgage from a federally regulated or insured lender. Following information will help you identify your flood risks and guide you through mitigating your water damage and saving your possessions.



Articles by the National Association of Realtors®, pertaining to flooding preparedness, tips on clean-ups, and flood insurance.