South Georgians Lured Into False Sense Of Flood Security

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email
Many South Georgians don

Meteorologist Nate Harrington snapped this photo of a car stuck in water, after the Thunderstorm caused some flooding in Killearn Neighborhood in Leon County.

- Valdosta, Ga. - March 14, 2012 -

You may think you don't need it, until you need it: Flood Insurance.

This is National Flood Safety Awareness Week, and the Georgia Insurance Commissioner wants to remind everyone of the importance of a good flood policy.

In fact, 25% of floods happen in medium to low-risk areas.

Lowndes County Emergency Management Director Ashley Tye tells Eyewitness News reporter Greg Gullberg that many South Georgians are lured into a false sense of security, and paid for it in 2009 when they were hit by their first serious flood in 40 years.

"A lot of those people did not have flood insurance for just that reason. It hadn't happened in 40 years. They felt a false sense of security and unfortunately that left us with a lot of damage that was not covered by insurance," said Tye.

Flood coverage is federally backed by the "National Flood Insurance Program". Policies can be bought directly from your property and casualty insurance providers.

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  • by Dt on Mar 15, 2012 at 05:47 AM
    Look in the yellow pages under insurance and see which ads say they offer flood insurance. This is a program run by the govt. and the quoting/application process can be difficult to understand for some agents. Your agent probably didn't know how to write a flood policy, so he laughed it off.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2012 at 07:13 PM
    When I called my insurance carrier to discuss purchasing flood insurance a few years ago he actually laughed at me. He told me flat out that I didn't need it. What's up with that? I'm still uneasy with that and this story has convinced me to try again to purchase it.
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      by SLF on Mar 15, 2012 at 09:35 AM in reply to
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