Flooding has been, and continues to be, a serious risk in the United States—so serious that most insurance companies have specifically excluded flood damage from homeowners insurance. To address the need, in 1968 the U.S. Congress established the NFIP as a Federal program. It enabled property owners in participating communities to purchase flood insurance if the community adopted floodplain management ordinances and minimum standards for new construction. However, owners of existing homes and businesses did not have to rebuild to the higher standards, and many received subsidized rates that did not reflect their true risk.
Over the years, the costs and consequences of flooding have continued to increase. For the NFIP to remain sustainable, its premium structure must reflect the true risks and costs of flooding. This is a primary driver for many of the changes required under the law. Click if you want to read more about the Biggert-Waters Reform Act of 2012. If your home or business has been flooded Build Back Safer and Stronger. Click here if you are rebuilding in an AE Zone. Click here if you are rebuilding in a VE Zone. Click here if you need more information about the different Flood Hazard Zones.