FLOOD INSURANCE FACTS
· Floods and flash floods happen in all 50 states.
· Everyone lives in a flood zone.
· Most homeowners policies do not cover flood damage.
· If you live in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) or high-risk area and
  have a Federally backed mortgage, your mortgage lender requires you
  to have flood insurance.
· An inch of water can cause costly damage to your property.
· Flash floods often bring walls of water 10 to 20 feet high.
· A car can easily be carried away by just two feet of floodwater.
· Hurricanes, winter storms, and snowmelt are common (but often
  overlooked) causes of flooding.
· New land development can increase flood risk, especially if the
  construction changes natural runoff paths.
· Federal disaster assistance is usually a loan that must be paid back
  with interest. For a $50,000 loan at 4% interest, your monthly
  payment would be around $240 a month ($2,880 a year) for 30 years.
  Compare that to a $100,000 flood insurance premium, which is about
  $400 a year ($33 a month).
· If you live in a low-to-moderate risk area and are eligible for the
  Preferred Risk Policy, your flood insurance premium may be as low as
  $119 a year, including coverage for your property's contents.
· You are eligible to purchase flood insurance as long as your
  community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program
  (NFIP).
· It takes 30 days after purchase for a policy to take effect. Therefore, it
  is important to buy insurance before the floodwaters start to rise.
· Your home has a 26% chance of being damaged by a flood during the
  course of a 30-year mortgage, compared to a 9% chance of fire.
· Last year, one-third of all claims paid by the NFIP were for policies in
  low-risk communities.
· The average annual U.S. flood losses in the past 10 years (1994-
  2004) were more than $2.4 billion.
· When your comsmunity participates in the Community Rating System
  (CRS), you can qualify for an insurance premium discount of up to
  45%.
· The NFIP awarded over $16 billion in flood claims in 2005.
· Since 1978, the NFIP has paid $31.4 billion for flood insurance claims
  and related costs (as of 3/31/06).
· Over 5 million people currently hold flood insurance policies in more
  than 20,200 communities across the United States.

Reference: National Flood Insurance Program
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