Snow now means water later: Are you ready?
CHICAGO — Just a few inches of water can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage to your home. A flood insurance policy could protect you from the devastating out-of-pocket expenses caused by flooding.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. A policy takes 30 days from application and payment to go into effect. And a typical homeowner’s insurance policy does not cover floods.
“Snow thaw and the potential for heavy spring rains heighten the flood risk throughout our area in the coming months,” said FEMA Region V Administrator Andrew Velasquez III. “A flood insurance policy is the best option to protect your home from the costly damage floodwaters can cause.”
Just last April, many Illinois communities were under water after more than 6 inches of rain fell in two days, causing localized and riverine flooding throughout the state and damaging thousands of homes and businesses. Today, with fewer than 50,000 flood insurance policies in force statewide, a large majority of the more than 5 million Illinois homes remain uninsured against flood damage.
FEMA recommends all Illinois residents visit FloodSmart.gov or call 1-800-427-2419 to learn how to prepare for floods, how to purchase a flood insurance policy, and the benefits of protecting your home or property investment against flooding. You can also contact your insurance agent for more information.
From the March 12-18, 2014 print edition