D.C. Environmental Services Director William Johnson has issued a reminder that low-cost federal flood insurance is available to District residents.
The District was selected to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program when it was established several years ago.
Under the program, property owners may purchase the federal flood insurance through their private brokers for about 40 cents per $100 of protection for a maximum of $35,000 coverage on a house, and 50 cents per $100 for a maximum of $10,000 on the contents of the house. In addition, there is a $20 policy fee.
Once a homeowner applies for the insurance, a policy can go into effect within five days.
Johnson said that only small portions of private property in the District, such as the Georgetown waterfront, are on what is considered a flood plain.
However, other areas, including parts of Southeast, Oxon Run Creek, Bowling Air Force Base and the Washington Navy Yard area, have been subject to flooding during intense and heavy rains in the past.
People who would like to find out if their property is in a flood area may call John Redmon at 767-7613. He is the acting coordinator for the National Flood Insurance Program in the District. Persons who would like to buy the insurance may call their own agent or the E.D.S. Federal Corporation at 897-5900.