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- Preferred flood zones are B, C, D, and X. These are zones that are voluntary and not lender forced to carry flood insurance. You decide whether you want to carry coverage or not.
- Get a flood-zone determinant to figure out your flood zone. This is also a good measure of your risk for flooding. My home in League City is in zone X -- a great zone to be in... and most parts of the greater Bay Area are in preferred risk zones meaning that there is a lower risk for flooding.
- Standard flood zones are A, AE, and V. These zones are mandatory coverage required by a lender.
- Preferred zones come in packages and are generally pretty affordable. So with the uncertainties of amounts of rainfall in a ny one area for an extended amount of time, it is recommended as a low cost measure to insure against the possibliity of flash flooding.
- If purchasing flood insurance for a closing, then the policy can start on the day of closing. If purchasing flood insurance anytime after closing, then there is a mandatory 30-day wait for coverage to be inforce.
- Flood insurance is government regulated by NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program) and is the same price no matter what carrier you go through. The rates are determined by NFIP.
- Flood insurance covers "rising water" and is a separate policy to be purchased on its own. It is not part of your homeowners insurance policy.