April 16, 2019

Why you need flood insurance

“Texas is the land of perennial drought, broken by intense floods”

The risk

If your home is in a designated flood zone, your lender requires you to have flood insurance. A flood zone is an area that has a 1 percent chance of being flooded in any given year.

But floods can happen anywhere. More than half of homes flooded by Hurricane Harvey were outside of designated flood zones.

Texas is particularly prone to floods, especially in two large parts of the state: the coast and a wide band called Flash Flood Alley that extends through Central and North Texas. Almost every major city in Texas is in an area at high risk of flooding.

Flood maps are difficult to keep up to date because growth can add to flood risk. Prairies and pasture absorb excess rainfall from storms. When those lands are replaced by concrete and asphalt, it can put areas that never flooded before at risk.

Flood insurance

Talk to us at McKnight Insurance Services about getting a flood policy. We have offices in Mansfield and Midlothian; however, we service the entire DFW area and beyond. We can be reached at 817-277-6166 Monday thru Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm.

The Cost

The average flood policy costs about $700 a year. The cost will vary depending on your flood risk, the value of your home, and the amount of your deductible, among other factors. Typically, for homes that are not in a flood zone, a flood policy can be very affordable.

The Coverage

A flood insurance policy will cover your home up to $250,000. You’ll need a separate flood policy for your personal belongings, which provides coverage up to $100,000.

The wait

Most flood policies have a 30-day waiting period before kicking in so don’t wait for an approaching storm before deciding to buy coverage.