City of Collegedale

Flood Insurance

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Flood Coverage Facts

Standard property insurance policies do not cover flood damage. Everyone lives in a flood zone. Wherever it rains, it can flood. A structure in a flood hazard area has a 26% chance of flood damage during a 30-year mortgage, as compared to a 10% chance of fire. The entire building can be lost with a single flood.

National Flood Insurance Program

The City of Collegedale participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which makes federally backed flood insurance available for all eligible buildings, whether they are in a floodplain or not. Flood insurance covers direct losses caused by surface flooding, including a river flowing over its banks, a lake or ocean storm, and local drainage problems. To learn more about the mandatory purchase of flood insurance for federally backed mortgages on buildings located in special flood hazard areas, see the mandatory purchase requirement document.

Coverage Types

The NFIP insures buildings, including mobile homes, with two types of coverage - building and contents. Building coverage is for the walls, floors, insulation, furnace, and other items permanently attached to the structure. Contents coverage may be purchased separately, if the contents are in an insurable building.

Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) Coverage

If a flood damages your property, you may be required by law to bring your home or building up to community and state floodplain management standards. If you have NFIP insurance and the city has declared the building to be substantially damaged, NFIP may provide up to $30,000 of the cost to elevate, flood proof, demolish, or relocate your property in order to comply with floodplain standards.
ICC coverage is in addition to the coverage you receive to repair flood damages. However, the total payout on a policy may not exceed $250,000 for residential buildings and $500,000 for nonresidential buildings. Claims for ICC coverage should be initiated through your insurer.