All Pasco property owners may purchase flood insurance regardless of the Flood Zone in which the property is located. Flood Insurance is MANDATORY when the property is located in either an A or V Zone AND has a Federally-backed mortgage. In most cases there is a 30-day waiting period before flood insurance becomes effective.
Every property is in a Flood Zone. The Zone designation varies according to the level of Flood Risk. In Pasco County properties can be located in three zones which are labeled as the V, A, or X zones.
V Zone: V zones generally include coastal properties. Properties within the V zones are subject to rising water and wave action.
A Zone: A zone properties are typically subject to fresh water flooding from rainfall, or from rising overflow from a lake, river, stream or other body of water. The different A zones are named depending on the way in which they might be flooded.
X Zone: Properties in the X zone have a lower risk of flooding, but may be affected by water created by exceptionally heavy rainfall.
It is important to remember that Homeowners insurance does not cover floods. To find out more about the National Flood Insurance Program, determining your risk, evaluating your insurance needs along with available structural and content coverage visit Flood Smart and contact your insurance agent today.