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FLOOD Ed:

What you should know about floods, and then some.

Mary Martin, Hurricane Irene 2011

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  • Mary Martin, Hurricane Irene 2011

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  • Hurricane Katrina Levee Failure

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  • Frank Billingsley, Tropical Storm Allison

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  • Becky Bently, Atlanta 2009

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  • The Taylors, Atlanta 2009 Rains

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  • Two Flood Stories, Atlanta 2009

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  • Rich Smith, Severe Rains

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  • Flooding from Heavy Rains

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  • James Skelton, Atlanta 2009

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  • Joel Lusk, De Moines IA

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  • Bertie Midgett, Hurricane Irene 2011

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Flood Quick Facts

  • Fact #1

    90% of all natural disasters have some form of flooding.

  • Fact #2

    There are some homeowner endorsements that will cover a back-up or overflow of sewers or drains or a sump-pump. These type losses sometimes do occur during flooding events. These endorsements will often have dollar limits substantially less than the flood policy

  • Fact #3

    Private insurance companies and the federal government recognized that their association would improve the overall success of the program. Accordingly, insurance companies administer the program, but the federal government funds the insurance.

  • Fact #4

    Flood insurance is required by law for some high risk homes but only a minority of homes fall under this category. Congress passed some laws requiring that all federally-insured or regulated lenders, for instance mortgages backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac require flood insurance to protect their investment in the property.

  • Fact #5

    If a house is destroyed due to the collapse of the land it is built on, and the collapse is due to waves or currents of water, that would be considered a flood and would be covered.

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