Most natural disasters in the United States involve flooding, and spring is the peak flood season. Last week a new Web page launched by the National Weather Service and FEMA marked National Flood Safety Awareness week. The site shows the effect and cost of flooding throughout the U.S. and makes the point that floods can happen anywhere at any time of the year. Last year, the Midwest floods of June 2008 led to severe flooding in parts of Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin and caused total damages of more than $5 billion. In September 2008, Hurricane Ike slammed into the Texas coast with storm surges up to 17 feet causing an estimated $20 billion in insured losses and produced heavy rainfall and flooding all the way up to the Great Lakes.
Don't be unpleasantly surprised. Most homeowners and renters policies exclude flood damage. A separate flood insurance policy is available from your Trusted Choice Agent (http://www.treutel.com/ The cost is typically less than $1/day ... well worth the investment!