Summertime in Florida brings scorching heat and intense thunderstorms every year. From Miami to Pensacola, flooded streets, parking lots and front yards are a typical summer scene. Unfortunately, many homeowners believe that flooded homes only happen to the folks that live in or near a hazardous flood zone. Wrong!
Nationally, almost 30% of flood claims paid are in non-hazardous flood areas. Not always resulting from overflowing rivers or lakes but from our infrastructure’s inability to handle the volume of water coming from the sky and collecting on the ground. In many older and more established neighborhoods, the infrastructure has not been updated to accommodate the increase in dwellings or businesses being serviced. Storm drainage becomes insufficient to handle the volume of water coming down and the result is wide spread flooding.
Even just a few inches of water in your home can cause significant damage. Your homeowner’s or renter’s policy is not going to respond to this event since flood damage is specifically excluded in your policy. This risk can only be transferred to a flood insurance policy which is usually offered by every agent that sells homeowner’s insurance. The good news is that this valuable coverage is relatively cheap when you are not living in a Special Flood Hazard Area. These areas are more susceptible to flooding (historically speaking), and thus command more premium for the policy.
The Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) is designated as such due to the area’s elevation or proximity to rivers, lakes and other waterways. Also taken into consideration is the area’s proximity to tidal waters. FEMA does not take into consideration however, the ability of the infrastructure (storm drains) to handle water volume or the historical storm activity in a given area.
Knowing this, every homeowner or renter in Florida should consider purchasing a flood policy even if they are not living in an area that is considered hazardous to FEMA. The flood insurance in non-hazardous areas is very inexpensive and well worth the money spent when you consider the cost of replacing carpet, hardwood floors, drywall, molding, drapes and most of your furniture. For flood insurance claim representation contact All Claims Solutions, go to Flood Insurance Claims or call (305) 716-8754