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Posted on: March 8, 2019

March is Flood Awareness Month

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert has declared March 2019 as “Flood Awareness Month,” while urging homeowners and businesses to make sure their property is safe and covered by proper insurance.

A few facts about flooding in Utah:

-Flooding is unpredictable and can cause damage whether you live inside or outside high-risk flood areas.

-You do not need to live near water to experience flooding.

-Floods are the most common and costly natural disaster in the U.S.

-More than seventy percent of flooding in Utah in the past few years has been outside of the Special Flood Hazard Area.

-Twenty percent of all flood insurance claims come from properties outside of the high-risk flood areas.

-Floods are caused by storm, melting snow, water backup due to inadequate or overloaded drainage systems and broken water mains.

-The average property owner can purchase flood insurance for typically less than $2 a day.

-One inch of water can cause more than $26,000 in damage to a single home

-In 2016, the average flood insurance claim paid to or filled by policyholders in the U.S. was $62,000.

-The average individual FEMA disaster insurance grant is less than $5,000.

The state of Utah recommends that all property owners prepare by making assessments, purchasing flood insurance and be prepared for flooding.

For more information on flood insurance, go to and see more on YouTube: Flood Insurance Videos

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