Iowans encouraged to buy flood insurance, especially in high-risk areas

first_imgWASHINGTON — If you think your homeowner’s insurance covers flooding, think again. As snow melts, rain falls, and rivers rise, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reminds Iowans to learn about flood insurance and buy appropriate coverage.David Maurstad heads FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program and says only about 30-percent of properties located in high-risk areas are covered, and only four-percent outside those areas.  “Maybe 2012 or so, there was another pretty significant flooding event in Iowa and the number of people covered was about 12% in the effected areas,” Maurstad says. “We have a lot of work to do in making sure people understand that flood insurance is their first line of defense to recover from flooding events.”Damage to buildings and their contents is covered if the high water is caused by rain or rising lakes or rivers. Maurstad says the policies are affordable, averaging less than 500-dollars a year in locations that are not flood-prone.  “An inch of water can cause $25,000 worth of damage,” Maurstad says. “We’re trying to encourage people when they renew their homeowner policy that they consider flood insurance. They need to get that flood insurance, they need to not wait. We have to do a better job of encouraging renters to have flood insurance. They can be as negatively impacted as whoever owns the building.”Be advised, after buying flood insurance, there’s a 30-day waiting period before it goes into effect. More information is available at floodsmart.gov.last_img read more

Breaking: Two men apprehended by Gardai after high speed pursuit

first_imgTwo men have been arrested by Gardai after a high-speed pursuit in Lifford.The incident happened earlier this evening when Gardai noticed two men in a navy blue VW Golf with a Northern Ireland registration acting suspiciously.Gardai went to speak with the driver but the car sped off and Gardai followed them around 7pm. The suspects eventually crashed the car through a hedge at Drumleene and ran off across fields around Cavanhill but were later apprehended.The two men, understood to be from Northern Ireland, have been arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda station to be interviewed.Breaking: Two men apprehended by Gardai after high speed pursuit was last modified: August 9th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GardaiLiffordpursuitlast_img read more