Florida Flood Insurance Information
Even though Florida flood insurance is relatively inexpensive, most
homeowners do not choose to purchase the insurance protection
available. According to the Federal Insurance Administration, less than
one-quarter of the homes in areas most vulnerable are insured against
flood loss. In those areas, flooding is 24 times more likely to occur
than a fire during the course of a typical 30 year mortgage.
A standard Florida homeowners insurance policy will not cover damages
caused by flooding. You must have flood insurance from an insurer that
writes for the National Flood Insurance Program. If your community
participates in a floodplain management program, you should be eligible to
buy the coverage no matter if your flood risk is low, medium or high.
Residents of "coastal barrier areas" and communities that do not
participate in floodplain management programs may have trouble finding
flood insurance coverage. Florida flood insurance is also available to
renters, condominium owners, and co-op owners.
Flood Perils Include:
A general and temporary condition of partial or complete inundation of
two or more acres of normally dry land area or of two or more
properties at least one of which is yours from:
Collapse or subsidence of land along the shore of a lake or similar body
of water as a result of erosion or undermining caused by waves or
currents of water exceeding anticipated cyclical levels that result in flood
as defined above
Unusual & rapid accumulation of runoff or surface waters from any
source that result in a flood as defined above
Overflow of inland or tidal waters that result in a flood as defined above
Mudflow defined as a river of liquid and flowing mud on the surfaces of
normally dry land areas, as when earth is carried by a current of water
that result in a flood as defined above
Outside of fire, flooding is the most widespread natural disaster. According
to the National Flood Insurance Program, two adjacent properties have to
be under water to call the situation a flood. In a rural area, at least 2 acres
must be submerged.
The two primary types of Florida Flood Insurance policies are listed below.
Actual Cash Value Policy
The value of property as figured by determining the cost to replace the damaged or
destroyed property and adjusting the replacement value by subtracting an amount
that reflects depreciation. Or in other words, replacement cost minus
depreciation. Homeowners are entitled to a replacement cost value if they live in
their homes at least 80% of the time and have flood insurance coverage for at least
80% of their home's market value.
Commercial and apartment buildings will be covered only for actual cash value.
Replacement Value Policy
The amount it costs to replace or rebuild a damaged property. Replacement cost
coverage is available only for the building portion of a condominium insurance
policy. Owners of single-family homes may be able to buy replacement cost
coverage on the building portions of their flood insurance policies. A Florida flood
insurance replacement value policy will pay only the replacement value up to the
coverage limit providing the following conditions are met:
1. the insured building is a single-family dwelling
2. the insured dwelling is your primary residence, meaning you live there at
least 80% of the year
3. the insured dwelling coverage is at least 80% of the current full
replacement cost of the dwelling, or the dwelling limit is the maximum
allowed for the dwelling under the current NFIP guidelines
For example, if rebuilding your south Florida home will cost $250,000, but you only
purchased $200,000 in coverage, your insurance policy will pay you only $200,000.
Florida in particular has special flood insurance concerns from tropical storms
and hurricanes. Be prepared! Click on the link below to fill out a secure quote
request form for a Florida Flood Insurance policy that will provide excellent
personal insurance coverage at an affordable cost. Or you can speak with our
Florida Flood Insurance specialist at (561) 342-1695 to discuss the policy features
in more detail.
We are an independent Boca Raton, Florida insurance agency offering affordable
flood insurance policy premiums in the following towns, cities and counties in south
Florida: Boynton Beach, Gulf Stream, Delray Beach, Lantana, Rainbow Lakes,
Atlantis, Lake Worth, South Palm Beach, Palm Springs, Greenacres, Wellington,
Haverhill, Palm Beach, Golden Lakes, Riviera Beach, Glen Ridge, West Palm
Beach, Lake Park, Royal Palm Beach, Jupiter, Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale,
Parkland, Coconut Creek, Margate, North Lauderdale, Lighthouse Point, Hillsboro
Beach, Deerfield Beach, The Hamptons, Highland Beach, Weston, Plantation,
Playland Isles, Melrose Park, Lauderhill, Sunrise, Tamarac, Wilton Manors, Oakland
Park, Lauderdale Lakes, Sea Ranch Lakes, Villages of Oriole, Pompano Beach,
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Boca West, Boca Pointe, Juno Beach, North Palm Beach,
Loxahatchee, Belle Glade, Palm Beach Shores, South Miami, Cutler Ridge,
Princeton, Perrine, Naranja, Homestead, Florida City, Leisure City, Richmond
Heights, Pinecrest, Howard, Coral Way Village, Westchester, Westwood Lakes,
Brownsville, Sweetwater, Key Biscayne, North Bay Village, Miami Beach, Miami
Springs, Virginia Gardens, Hialeah, El Portal, Miami Shores, Medley, Indian Creek,
Surfside, Bal Harbour, North Miami, Biscayne Park, Pinewood Park, Opa Locka,
Bunche Park, Hialeah Gardens, Palm Springs North, Carol City, Norland, Ojus,
Miami Lakes, Biscayne Gardens, Hallandale, Sunny Isles Beach, Golden Beach,
Aventura, Uleta, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, North Miami Beach, Hallandale Beach,
Ives Estates, Pembroke Park, Coral Gables, Kendall, Dania Beach, Cooper City,
Davie, West Miami, Hollywood, Broward County, Martin County, Miami-Dade County,
and Palm Beach County, FL. We can also offer lower cost Florida flood insurance
policy coverage services throughout the Sunshine state, including in Winter Haven,
Lakeland, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Jacksonville, FL.
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