"But the former owner never told us about flood risk before we bought the house in Pismo Beach, CA!" How many times have you heard that one from friends and family who just bought a house? You might not have heard it if your area isn’t prone to flooding. In that case, as in the 21 states that don’t require flood insurance, you might never hear of it. Neff & Associates Insurance Services Inc. in Pismo Beach, CA is here to tell you what you need to know about flood insurance and flood risk.
Flood Risk Vulnerability
The Public Policy Institute of California published a paper in 2017 of figures based on 2010 data, all there is to go on. Not only does the paper quote that just over 3 million people live in the southern coast section of the state but that over 230 billion in structures are at flood risk. This is in a 500-year flood plain, in which floods have a two percent chance of happening in any given year.
What Causes Flood Risk?
Several things are responsible. Climate change means winter storms composed of rain versus snow. High tides and a rising sea level in and near Pismo Beach, CA don’t help.
Obsolete flood management methods discharged the floodwaters into the sea. This was fine, except that residents, as well as the environment, needed the rivers. Modern management of floodwaters integrates the water into general water management. California should allocate funds to modernize its methods. More and better flood insurance and pointing residents toward the National Flood Insurance Program are vital.
Now that you know the facts of flood risk, Neff & Associates Insurance Services Inc. of Pismo Beach, CA stands ready and able to protect your property and belongings in the case of flooding. Call or drop in today to learn more about it.