New Orleans Flood Insurance

Floods are the #1 natural disaster in the United States

  • The past five years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods.
  • Everyone lives in a flood zone. (for more information, visit our Flood Zones FAQs).
  • Most homeowners insurance does 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 lender requires you to have flood insurance. To find your flood risk, fill out the Flood Risk Profile.
  • Just a few inches of water from a flood can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage.
  • A car can easily be carried away by just two feet of floodwater.
  • 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 for 30 years around $240 ($2,880 per year). Compare that to a $100,000 flood insurance premium, which is about $400 per year ($33 a month).
  • Homes and businesses may qualify for the low-cost Preferred Risk Policy with premiums starting as log as $129 for a home and its contents and $643 for a commercial building and its contents.*
  • Your are eligible to purchase flood insurance as long as your community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program. Check the Community Status Book to see if your community is already an NFIP partner.
  • In most cases, it takes 30 days after purchase for a policy to take effect, so its important to buy insurance before the storm approaches and the flood waters start to rise.
  • In a high-risk area, your home is more likely to be damaged by flood than by fire.
  • Anyone can be financially vulnerable to floods. People usually outside of high risk areas file nearly 25% of NFIP claims and receive one-third of disaster assistance for flooding.
  • From 2003 to 2012, total flood insurance claims averaged nearly $4 billion per year.
  • When your community participates in the Community Rating System (CRS), you can quality for an insurance premium discount of up to 45% if you live in a high-risk area and up to 10% in moderate- to low-risk areas.
  • Since 1978, the NFIP has paid more than $48.1 billion for flood insurance claims and related costs (as of 7/8/13).
  • More than 5.5 million people currently hold flood insurance policies in more than 21,800 communities across the U.S.
  • The two most common reimbursement methods for flood claims are: Replacement Cost Value (RCV) and Actual Cash Value (ACV). The RCV is the cost to replace damaged property. It is reimbursable to owners of single-family, primary residences insured to at least 80% of the building’s replacement cost.

*$129 residential annual premium provides $20,000 building and $8,000 coverage. $643 commercial annual premium covers $50,000 building and $50,000 contents coverage.

Further Reading:

http://maps.lsuagcenter.com/floodmaps
http://www.floodsmart.gov

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