Many homeowners choose to forego flood insurance simply because they don’t live in a high-risk area. However, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) states that nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from homeowners in low-risk areas. Whether or not you are in a high-risk area, there is always a chance you and your family could be devastated by flood damage.
In recent news, thousands of Louisiana residents lost everything they owned, including their home, to one of the worst flooding disasters since Hurricane Sandy. Many of these homeowners did not have insurance to protect them in the case of a flood. Since they did not live in an area within a floodplain, they didn’t think it was important to have flood insurance.
It is important to note that standard homeowners insurance does not come with flood insurance. Without flood insurance, you’ll be paying out of pocket for all incurring damage in case of a flood. It only takes a few inches of water to incur thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.
It’s true that there is federal assistance in these trying times, but only if the President declares a disaster area. Even then, it is actually a loan that you’ll end up paying for with interest over time. Compared to the damage a flood can cost, flood insurance is relatively cheap and will protect you and your family when disaster suddenly strikes.