Jefferson County sits in the Big Bend region of north Florida near Tallahassee. While the year-round climate in Jefferson County is mild and comfortable, locals have the opportunity to experience all four seasons in this area. The average annual rainfall in Jefferson of 57 inches comes with its pros and cons. When spring hits, Jefferson County residents experience a lively growing season. But no matter the season, there’s always the possibility of flooding.
While most think of flooding during extreme events like hurricanes, prolonged rainfall is also a major cause for flooding in Jefferson County.
That’s why flood insurance is essential. Luckily, it’s easy to add on to your homeowners insurance policy with Kin. Let’s learn more about how much flood insurance costs and when it’s required.
While many homeowners mistakenly think the only way to get flood insurance in Florida is through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), that’s not the case. In fact, you stand to save a lot by choosing a private insurer over the federal flood program.
Our flood insurance for Jefferson County costs $241 a year on average. The NFIP’s average flood premium for Jefferson County is $487. That’s an average savings of $246 a year.
Kin vs. NFIP Average Flood Insurance Premiums
Kin Average Premium for Jefferson County
NFIP Average Premium for Jefferson County
Your flood insurance rate will vary based on your exact location and flood zone. Contact us to see how much you can save!
Jefferson County’s FEMA flood map shows the region has three high-risk flood zones: A, AE, and VE. If your home is in any of these zones and you have a federally backed mortgage, you’re required to have flood coverage.
VE flood zones indicate a coastal area that has high flood risks. Naturally, all of Jefferson County’s VE flood zones regions are in the county’s southern portion near the Gulf of Mexico. Almost the entire southern half of Jefferson County has VE, A, or AE high-risk flood zones. Most of Jefferson County’s moderate to low-risk flood zones sit in the northern or central-west regions.
Peer-reviewed data from Flood Factor shows that 14 percent of all properties in Monticello are at risk for flooding. Experts expect that figure to rise to 18.6 percent in the next 30 years. You can enter your address to see your home’s flood risk.
Homeowners insurance doesn’t cover water damage from external sources, like rain, hurricanes, rising waters, or broken water mains. But flood insurance does, and that’s why 42 percent of Florida homeowners have it.
Flood insurance can help pay for flood damage to your home, belongings, and other structures. Our flood coverage limits match your homeowners policy limits. For example, if you have $200,000 in personal property coverage, you’ll also have $200,000 in flood coverage for your belongings.
Flood insurance will cover you for the following:
Flood insurance doesn’t cover:
It also doesn’t cover you retroactively, which is why the time to purchase flood insurance is before you need it.
Florida’s hurricane season is the time of year when most floods occur. Last year saw a record-high number of hurricanes in Florida’s Atlantic region. As FEMA says, “Anywhere it can rain, it can flood.”
So it’s best to be prepared. Check out your home’s flood risks with resources like FEMA flood maps and Flood Factor, and take steps to minimize your home’s risk of flooding. That might mean:
Get a quote today.