Flood damage is specifically excluded from home, renters, and business insurance policies. This is true even if the flood is the direct result of a covered hurricane or tropical storm. Unfortunately, more than 350,000 properties in this state have a significant risk of sustaining serious flood damage over the next 30 years.
To be protected against this risk, you can supplement your coverage with a flood insurance policy. Affordable policies are available through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a program administered by FEMA. An independent insurance agent can help you find the best plan for you.
If your property is located in a flood zone and you are still paying on a mortgage, your lender will require you to have a flood insurance policy. Otherwise, this coverage is optional.
The NFIP offers individuals up to $250,000 in structural coverage and up to $100,000 in contents coverage against floods. Businesses can purchase up to $500,000 in both structural and contents coverage. The average flood claim in South Carolina is $29,000.