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States Prepare As Heavy Snowfalls Increase Risk of Spring Flooding

Heavy snowfall in many states has increased the possibility of catastrophic flooding this spring, prompting officials to urge residents to get flood coverage as well...
February 24, 2010

Heavy snowfall in many states has increased the possibility of catastrophic flooding this spring, prompting officials to urge residents to get flood coverage as well as take actions to mitigate the risk. Georgia and other states in the Southeast region also could experience severe spring floods because of above-normal precipitation from the El Nio phenomenon, according to the National Weather Service. In the past week, articles about upcoming flood risks have appeared in North Dakota, western Pennsylvania, Iowa and Georgia.

What It Means to Agents: If you've been thinking of selling flood insurance, now's a good time to get ready. If you already sell flood, this is a good time to remind your clients that they may want to add this coverage.

Don't Sell Flood But Want To? The Hartford and PIA have joined together to provide PIA member agents in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico the opportunity to offer their customers flood insurance through The Hartford, a WYO company. The program, managed by Hartford subsidiary Trumbull, features an easy enrollment process, competitive commissions, advanced Internet services, plus a variety of programs and surplus lines. For more information or to enroll, contact Karen Piacenta of The Hartford at (860) 757-1984 or karen.piacenta@thehartford.com.

PIA-Hartford Flood Insurance Program

Western Pa. Region Facing 'a flood of record' (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2/21/10)

Likelihood of Mississippi Flooding 90% (Quad-City Times Des Moines 2/20/10)

FEMA Stresses Flood Insurance (Fargo-Moorehead Forum 2/21/10)

February 24, 2010

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