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.
In 1968, Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to help provide a means for property owners to financially protect themselves. The NFIP offers flood insurance to homeowners, renters, and business owners if their community participates in the NFIP. Participating communities agree to adopt and enforce ordinances that meet or exceed FEMA requirements to reduce the risk of flooding.
The mission of the Flood Control District and Floodplain Administration of Santa Cruz County is to provide flood hazard identification, regulation, remediation, and education to the people in Santa Cruz County so that they can reduce their risks of injury, death, and property damage due to flooding while enjoying the natural and beneficial values served by floodplain's.
Flood hazard areas identified on the Flood Insurance Rate Map are identified as a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). Flood zones are geographic areas that FEMA has defined according to varying levels of flood risk and type of flooding. These zones are depicted on the published Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) or Flood Hazard Boundary Map (FHBM).
The FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC) is the official public source for flood hazard information produced in support of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Use the MSC to find your official flood map, access a range of other flood hazard products, and take advantage of tools for better understanding flood risk.
Community decisions made now affect the lives and investments of everyone in the community for decades. Smart community leaders are looking to the future to ensure the long-term safety and sustainability of their entire communities. Factors they consider are: economic viability and diversity, job creation and growth, education for residents, crime, traffic, and environment.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) works with communities across the Nation to help homeowners, contractors, architects, local codes officials, and engineers build smarter and safer homes. FEMA also manages the National Flood Insurance Program which provides homeowners, renters and even business owners a way to protect themselves financially from catastrophic flood losses.
in the event that a home is damaged by a flood, it's necessary to clean and repair parts of the home that have been affected. These parts include the basement, furniture, appliances, the ceilings, walls and the floors.
Articles by the National Association of Realtors®, pertaining to flooding preparedness, tips on clean-ups, and flood insurance.