With a strong El Niño expected to bring lots of rain to Southern California this winter, there’s never been a better time for LA County residents to get informed about the risk of flooding in their neighborhoods.
It only takes a few inches of water in a home to cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage. When it comes to protecting a property against flood damage, being prepared is the best defense.
Homeowners insurance covers many hazards, but flooding isn’t typically one of them. Fortunately, flood insurance is available to almost everyone—even those at greatest risk, like homes in recent burn areas. And LA County’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program makes most county residents eligible for significant discounts.
Detailed resources are available online. They include:
The county’s Homeowner’s Guide for Flood, Debris, and Erosion Control is available at dpw.lacounty.gov/wmd/HomeOwners and offers guidance to protect homes.
Several other storm-related resources are also available to LA County residents.
- Know your flood zone. Visit lacounty.gov/wmd/floodzone to see if your property is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area.
- Protect your home and business by obtaining flood insurance. Find out more about flood insurance at gov/floodsmart.
- For more flood preparedness information, see Public Works’ National Flood Insurance program website at lacounty.gov/wmd/nfip or call (626) 458-4321.
- Sandbags listed at lacounty.gov/dsg/sandbags are available to all County residents.
- Be prepared. Prepare a family emergency response plan and disaster supply kits. Visit the County’s Emergency Survival Program at lacoa.org/esp.htm for tips and guides to prepare for all kinds of emergencies.
- Sign up for emergency notifications to your mobile phone and email with Alert LA County at lacounty.gov.