Nov 30, 2015 8:12 PM by News Staff
With a strong El Nino in place, City of Redding officials are urging people living in flood prone areas to buy insurance before it's too late.
FEMA has declared the area around Churn Creek a flood plain, meaning surrounding homes are at risk. The area is just one of many in Shasta County considered “high-risk.”
The City of Redding is offering free sandbags at the city’s corporation yard on Viking Way, but say no matter what preparations a homeowner takes, flood insurance should be purchased.
FEMA officials say buying flood insurance is the most powerful action you can take with the El Nino. Between 50% - 70% of Californians who live in high risk flood areas don't have federal flood insurance.
Flood insurance has to be purchased 30 days before a flood hits.
Officials say if you buy flood insurance for just one year, this is the year, because more than *one-third* of California flood insurance claims in the past 27 years came in just four "El Nino" years.
For more information on flood insurance you can check out this link.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report