Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona - Be prepared for floods!

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Teri Ellis at Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC

Yes, our Phoenix Valley and Mesa do have areas that can AND will flood!

Arizona Homeowners - Do you need flood insurance? Do you insuranceknow if you live in a flood hazard area?

Years ago, before the newer communities began setting up those
flood retention basins - you know - the ones that fill with water during the monsoon or rainy seasons, the water would flood homes and backyards, etc. As a child growing up in Phoenix, I knew the monsoons were here when the wind would blow and the dust would smell like rain. Fortunately, the home I lived in was not in a flood area. We had berms around our property, and my dad irrigated our yards, and we had no flooding problems!

water soaked bookBUT, certain areas of our valley are still in a flood zone. The water has to go somewhere, and since we are so flat, it runs from the higher areas down to the lower areas. Just a FEW tips for those who DO live in a flood zone:

  • Make an itemized list of personal property and take pictures of your home to assist your insurance adjuster in settling claims; 
  • keep your insurance policies, list of personal property and pictures in a safe place;
  • know the name, phone number and location of your insurance agent;
  • identify the safest route from your home to high ground in case you have to evacuate in a hurry and keep a working portable radio and flashlight on hand;
  • have sandbags and other materials readily available to use for protection if you live in a frequently flooded area

If you are not sure, and/or you now live in an older area of Phoenix or Mesa, call the Street Transportation Department's flood plain management section at: 602.262-4960. If you do live in a flood zone, you will need to make sure you have flood insurance!

Pepper

Mesa, Arizona Real Estate. Call me at: 480.216-3334 for information on purchasing or selling a home in Mesa, Arizona or surrounding towns. OR email me: Teri@TeriEllis.com. Feel free to visit one of my websites: HomesAzRE.com, MoveToMesaAz.com or MoveToSunnyAz.com. Or stop by my blogs at: MesaAzRealEstateVoice; or Phoenix Valley Real Estate Blog

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Rainer
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Brian Belcher
Charlotte Realtor
RE/MAX Metro Realty

Hey, great post. Thanks for the information about your area.

March 02, 2009 10:12 PM
Rainmaker
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George Bennett
Inactive Principal Broker, GRI
Inactive

Hi Teri - A much needed public service announcement and, I should add, it was very well done.

March 02, 2009 10:19 PM
Rainmaker
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Kari A. Battaglia
Venice FL Realtor - RE/MAX Alliance Group
RE/MAX Alliance Group

Great information.  Not many people would think about flood insurance in your area.

March 02, 2009 10:31 PM
Rainmaker
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Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor
Teri Ellis at Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC

Brian, you're welcome...many don't realize that we actually flood here in the desert. ;-)

George, thank you so much. ;-)

Kari, you're right....hopefully this will give a head's up to someone....;-)

Pepper

March 02, 2009 11:41 PM
Rainer
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Randy Hooker
Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek
Dreamcatcher Realty / Greater Phoenix Area

Great post, Teri!  I'm sure some readers will be shocked at the thought of us desert rats having to contend with flood plains, but such is life!  I'll never forget the first time I crossed a wash that yesterday was dry as a bone and that day was a roaring, raging, violent river.  Yikes!

March 02, 2009 11:59 PM
Rainmaker
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
RED Properties

it makes total sense that your area floods!  nice to know that newer homes were anticipating it with the retention basins.  you do such a wonderful job for your community with your posts!

March 03, 2009 06:24 AM
Rainmaker
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Bill Gassett
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate
RE/MAX Executive Realty

Good advice Teri. Always better to be safe than sorry!

March 03, 2009 07:38 AM
Rainmaker
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Marchel Peterson
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
Results Realty

I think EVERYONE should carry flood insurance!!

March 03, 2009 09:12 PM
Rainmaker
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Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor
Teri Ellis at Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC

Randy, thank you....you're right! One reason I shared this post is because there can be flooding - very easily - if not prepared....homes in the flood plain have to have flood insurance anyway - or at least that's the way it WAS! ;-)

Leesa, thank you...the retention basins fill up almost to the top when it rains really hard for a few hours. ;-)

Bill, you're right. Being aware is very important. ;-)

Marchel, I suspect that's a must in your area, huh? ;-)

Pepper

March 04, 2009 09:06 PM
Rainmaker
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Jayson Hoffer
Mesa AZ 480-518-0747
Jayson Hoffer Insurance Agency Inc.

Teri,

Great post! I own a Farmers Insurance Agency. Its extremely rare that clients want flood insurance or buy it. I think I might have 10 clients with flood policies on the books. They generally do not want it unless the bank requires it. Thier home insurance will not cover any items when it is a flood. Rainwater coming in from the roof, windows, rain damage, Yes. Water coming in under the door, not a chance!

Would love to be your insurance guru!

March 04, 2011 01:41 AM
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