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Posted on: June 21, 2021

[ARCHIVED] It's hurricane season: Time for a checkup on flood insurance


June 21, 2021 - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association predicts an active hurricane season -- 3-10 major hurricanes, 6-10 “regular” hurricanes and 13-20 named storms. Residents are advised to check to ensure they have flood insurance, even those who don't live in the highest-risk zone.

“Don’t wait until a hurricane is approaching. We urge Hampton Roads residents to sign up for flood insurance while the weather is fair, not fierce,” said Ben McFarlane, a senior regional planner with the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission. “The emphasis is on planning now, rather than later, due to the 30-day waiting period before your flood insurance policy goes into effect.” 

The regional planning commission, with help from Hampton and other cities in the region, created a website to help residents understand their level of risk and an estimated cost of flood insurance. 

“The damage of just one inch of water in your home can cost more than $25,000 in repairs,” McFarlane said. “You could hope you’re never impacted by flooding. Or, you can protect yourself from devastating loss by signing up for flood insurance.” 

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