The Cost of Flooding
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Flood Insurance is regulated through the NFIP, which creates a standardization for insurance policies. The cost of a policy will be based on multiple factors such as:
Properties in high-risk areas that were built after the first FEMA flood maps, the elevation of the building in relation to the base flood elevation is also a factor.
Flood insurance payouts, based on what your policy covers, will be paid out separately between building and contents.
For residential properties- a homeowner can have up to $250,000 for the building and up to $100,000 for the contents.
The money received for the damage to your building is designed to repair the damaged building. If a homeowner decides not to put those funds back into the repairing of the home, then that money could be considered a duplication of benefits if the homeowner participates in a federal program or disaster assistance in the future.
My Flood Insurance Payout Went to My Mortgage Lender:
If there is a mortgage loan on the home, many times the insurance funds will be sent to the lender since they have the largest interest risk in the home.
The lender will only keep the funds to pay down/off the loan if the homeowner decides not to repair/rebuild the structure.
The homeowner works with the lender to release the funds in phases as repair/rebuild progresses. The lender will send out inspectors to make sure that the funds released go back into the home as intended.
For detailed information on flood insurance visit floodsmart.gov