March is Flood Awareness Month

March is Flood Awareness Month
Posted on 03/05/2019

Utah Governor Gary Herbert has declared March 2019 as “Flood Awareness Month,” while urging homeowners and businesses to make sure their property is safe and covered by proper insurance.

A few facts about flooding in Utah:

-Flooding is unpredictable and can cause damage whether you live inside or outside high-risk flood areas.

-You do not need to live near water to experience flooding.

-Floods are the most common and costly natural disaster in the U.S.

-More than seventy percent of flooding in Utah in the past few years has been outside of the Special Flood Hazard Area.

-Twenty percent of all flood insurance claims come from properties outside of the high-risk flood areas.

-Floods are caused by storm, melting snow, water backup due to inadequate or overloaded drainage systems and broken water mains.

-The average property owner can purchase flood insurance for typically less than $2 a day.

-One inch of water can cause more than $26,000 in damage to a single home

-In 2016, the average flood insurance claim paid to or filled by policyholders in the U.S. was $62,000.

-The average individual FEMA disaster insurance grant is less than $5,000.

The state of Utah recommends that all property owners prepare by making assessments, purchasing flood insurance and be prepared for flooding.

For more information on flood insurance, go to https://floodfactsutah.gov