Review your flood risk and insurance needs before spring rains and snow melt

Revise su riesgo de inundación y sus necesidades de seguro antes de que se derrita la nieve y comiencen las lluvias de primavera

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Birch Barron 

Director of Emergency Management



May 2, 2024 - Eagle County Emergency Management encourages reviewing flood risk and insurance needs before snow melt and spring rains bring the potential for flooding. Spring runoff in Eagle County typically peaks between mid-May and mid-June; however, flood conditions can occur at any time with sustained warm temperatures. 


For local flood resources including river gauges, sandbag locations, floodplain mapping, and preparedness tips, visit


Importantly, damage from a flood is not covered under a standard homeowners insurance policy. A standard policy also does not cover debris flows; which are rivers of liquid and flowing mud. Flooding and debris flows can develop when water saturates the ground, such as from rapid snowmelt or heavy or long periods of rainfall. Flood insurance may also be a good idea to protect your home against events such as broken water lines. Just one inch of water can cause more than $25,000 of damage to your home.


What is flood insurance?

Flood insurance is a special policy that is federally backed by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and is available for homeowners, renters and businesses. The standard flood insurance policy pays for direct physical damage to insured property up to the replacement cost or actual cash value (ACV) of actual damages or the policy limit of liability, whichever is less.

  • Homeowners: You may purchase flood insurance covering flood damage to your home. A standard flood policy will cover structural damage, including damage to the furnace, water heater, air conditioner, floor surfaces (carpeting and tile) and debris clean-up. The contents of the home are not covered under a standard policy, but for an additional premium, you also may purchase flood coverage for damage to your personal property. Coverage for basements, crawlspaces and ground-level enclosures on elevated homes is limited. If your home has these spaces, be sure to ask your insurance agent about any restrictions in your coverage.
  • Renters: Flood is not covered under a basic renters’ insurance policy. Talk with your insurance agent about your flooding risks to decide if you need flood coverage for your belongings.
  • Business owners: Be sure to ask your insurance agent about flood coverage to non-residential buildings and contents, and clarify any restrictions in your coverage. Contents only policies may also be available.

Plan ahead: Flood insurance has a waiting period

It’s very important to plan ahead. A flood insurance policy normally will not go into effect until 30 days after you purchase the policy.

How much does flood insurance cost?

Premiums for flood insurance will vary depending on your risk level for a flood loss, the amount of coverage you choose, the type of coverage you need, as well as your deductible amount. You can normally choose different deductibles for building property and personal property cover­age. The deductibles will apply separately to building property and personal property claims. Your mortgage company can require that your deductible is no more than a certain amount.

How do I buy flood insurance?

You can purchase flood insurance for your home or business regardless of whether the property is in a floodplain. Contact your insurance agent or company to find out if your community par­ticipates in the NFIP. You can also visit to get more information about your flood risk.

For more information about flood insurance, visit the NFIP Web site at

For more information about renewing flood insurance policies or resolving an underpayment, policyholders can contact their insurance carriers or call the National Flood Insurance Program Call Center at 1-877-336-2627.

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