Most insurance agents will admit that flood insurance isn't an easy sell. Property owners, both individual and commercial, are often aware that their policy covers fire damage, but most don't realize that it doesn't cover flood or mudslide damage.Rarely do these parties investigate the prospects of securing a flood insurance policy, which can cause disastrous ramifications because most floods don't qualify for federal disaster aid. Only floods declared national disasters by the president qualify for federal assistance, which comes in the form of a grant or a federal loan that must be paid back with interest.

At the other end of the spectrum are individuals who know full well that flood coverage is excluded from the policy, yet are still willing to roll the dice and live without it.

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