According to FEMA, flood claims occurred in every state in our country in 2016 with the average claim cost in excess of $31,000. Just because your property doesn’t sit next to a stream, river or other body of water doesn’t mean you won’t be impacted. Heavy rains can overwhelm drainage systems, run-off from hillsides can seep into your basements and levees can fail. Pretty much anywhere rain falls is where flooding can occur, although, rain is not always the reason. Additionally, it is important to note that flood insurance is NOT included with your standard homeowners insurance policy.
If you do experience a flood claim and have flood insurance, keep these things in mind:
- Report your claim as soon as possible and have open and frequent communication with your insurance adjuster.
- Photograph your damages (great if you have before pictures also saved to the cloud, not on a computer hard drive). Your insurance company will likely come out and photograph the damages as well.
- Keep a list of all of the items you lost in the flood. Receipts are great as well as lists.
- Take a read through your policy to ensure you understand your rights and coverage.
If you’re considering purchasing flood insurance, we can help. Flood insurance isn’t necessarily expensive. If you happen to live in a flood plain or near a body of water, chances are you’re likely going to pay a hefty sum. If you live away from typical flood areas, your premiums can be much more reasonable. Considering the average cost of a flood claim, it isn’t a bad idea to assess your risk.
If flood insurance is on your mind lately, give us a call. Regardless of whether you own a home, condo or other residence, you should consider flood insurance. As always, reach out to our insurance agency with any questions.