Flooding causes millions of dollars in damage each year.
Traditional homeowners and renters insurance policies do not cover flood-related damages. Every insurance policy includes a list of exclusions for certain losses. Damage from flooding is an excluded peril on most property insurance policies because losses are unpredictable, widespread and often catastrophic.
Insurance for flood is available but must be purchased as a stand-alone policy. Victims without flood insurance must shoulder repair costs out-of-pocket or rely on government funding. Government funding often comes in the form of a grant (typically far below the damage estimate) or a low interest loan (which must be repaid).
Explore flood insurance as part of a well-rounded flood readiness plan. Some points to keep in mind when evaluating flood insurance: