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Do I need to buy flood insurance?

If you want your belongings covered against damages caused by a flood, the answer is yes. Basic homeowners insurance policies do not cover damage from flooding. Because flood damage happens so infrequently, most insurance companies won't even consider writing flood coverage. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) underwrites the overwhelming majority of flood policies in the United States. While most people should at least think about getting flood insurance, it is true that some people need it more than others. Read these stories to learn more about flood insurance.

Last updated: Dec. 7, 2009