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Do you need FLOOD INSURANCE




As natural disasters become increasingly common, it is essential for homeowners to be prepared for any potential risks. Floods, in particular, can cause extensive damage to your property and belongings, making it crucial to understand the importance of flood insurance to protect your home.

 

Flood insurance covers damages caused by flooding, which is typically not included in standard homeowners insurance policies. Whether you live in a high-risk flood zone or not, it is wise to seriously consider obtaining flood insurance. Flooding can result from heavy rainfall, hurricanes, snowmelt, dam failures, and other natural occurrences, often leading to devastating consequences for homeowners. Without appropriate coverage, the financial burden of repairing or rebuilding your home could be overwhelming.

 

Homes and businesses in high-risk flood areas with mortgages from government-backed lenders are required to have flood insurance.

Flood insurance policies are typically provided through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). This federal program, managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), aims to reduce the impact of flooding on private and public structures. It allows homeowners, renters, and business owners to purchase affordable flood insurance to safeguard against flood-related losses. Additionally, some private insurance companies offer their own flood insurance policies, which may offer more coverage options or higher limits than the NFIP policies.


20% of all flood insurance claims come from low to moderate-risk flood zones. While we think that flooding mainly comes from hurricanes and tropical storms, flooding can occur from persistent rainfall, river or lake flooding or rapid snow melt. Bottom line is if you do not live in a high risk flood area you may think flood insurance is not necessary. However, given the changing weather patterns, a persistent rain episode could put your home at risk.

 

Several traditional home insurers offer a flood insurance endorsement for a nominal fee. It is worth asking about!

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