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FEMA officials visit Montecito disaster area to talk about increased flood risks after fires

FEMA visits Montecito disaster zone

MONTECITO, Calif. - Officials with FEMA and California's Insurance Commissioner toured flood devastated areas in Montecito on Monday. 

They got a firsthand look at the destruction at the Bonneymede condominium complex and a historic home on Olive Mill Road built during the Civil War. 

Roy Wright, FEMA's Director of the National Flood Insurance Program said the federal agency is making sure policy holders receive what they deserve. 

"I'm here with insurance adjusters doing quality a assurance ride-along to insure they are getting every dollar they are entitled to under the policy," he said. 

Wright urged people to get flood insurance even if they are outside of impact zones to protect themselves from future financial loss. 

"I want to make sure that people who may be subject to flooding not just this year, but in 2 to 5 years, have the kind of protection they need," Wright said. 

California's Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones also joined the tour, on the same day he issued a formal notice to all property and casualty insurance companies. 

He reminded them of their duty to cover damages from the recent mudslides in light of the early determination that the Thomas Fire was likely the proximate cause. 

"Preliminary indications are that the fires caused the mudslides and our expectation is that insurers will pay," Jones said. 

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