El Nino is going to flood California: FEMA

25 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Californians urged to buy flood insurance ahead of El Nino.

SAN JOSE – Federal emergency officials are urging Californians to buy flood insurance – even those who don’t live near creeks or rivers – as El Nino conditions get underway in the Pacific Ocean, increasing chances for heavy storms this winter. WASHINGTON (AP) — With a strong El Nino in place, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is urging Californians in flood prone places to buy insurance before it’s too late. FEMA deputy associate administrator Roy Wright said Friday buying flood insurance is the most powerful action residents can take with the El Nino, which brings heavy winter rains to California. California’s current four-year drought, and the nearly 20 years that have passed since the state experienced punishing winter rains, have made many residents downplay or forget that wet winters historically have caused major destruction and fatalities. “People always say ‘I never thought this would happen to me,“’ said Nancy Kincaid, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Insurance. “But if it does, are you prepared to recover without insurance?

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