Nearly all homeowners, renters, and business insurance policies exclude flood damage from their coverage. However, more than half a million properties in Ohio have a significant risk of sustaining flood damage over the next thirty years.
Fortunately, if your home or business is among those at risk, you can purchase flood insurance. In participating cities, affordable policies are available through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a program administered by FEMA.
If your property is located in a flood zone and you are still paying on a mortgage, your lender will require you to carry flood insurance. Otherwise, this coverage is optional. When deciding whether or not to purchase a policy, consider that the average compensation per flood claim in Ohio is $15,500.