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New Englanders advised to be on lookout for flood potential

Posted On Wed, March 27, 2013

While just about every season carries the risk for flooding, the natural catastrophe is particularly common in spring. Combined with the large amounts of snow that New England received, the six states that represent the region have a heightened risk for flooding over the next several months, federal officials say.

Recently, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a warning to New Englanders, urging them to stay up-to-date on the latest weather information, especially when rain is in the forecast.

Paul Ford, FEMA's acting administrator, noted that many people in the New England area are taking the chance for flooding more seriously, given recent events that paralyzed much of the region late last year.

"New Englanders are generally aware of the hazards of seasonal and coastal flooding, but Hurricanes Irene and Sandy certainly opened peoples' eyes regarding flash flooding," said Ford. "The value of an emergency plan and a flood insurance policy for your home or business - even if it is not in a flood-prone area - is now apparent."

Data recently reported by FEMA reveals that as many as 40 percent of business owners that were forced to close their doors after Hurricane Sandy never opened them again, largely because the flood damage was so significant and entrepreneurs weren't adequately covered. forecasters have given similar cautions to New England residents. Because of the large amounts of snowfall in the area - on the first day of spring, more than a foot of snow fell in parts of the region - as little as two inches of rain could translate into flooding problems for homeowners and entrepreneurs.

When reviewing home insurance rates, it's important to keep in mind that this coverage does not include flood insurance. Flood protection must be purchased separately, which is then added on to a standard homeowner's policy.

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