Flood Insurance Rates Drop in Unincorporated Chatham County

With a downpour just about every day, you may be finding some water problems you never knew you had. Now there's good news for people who live in some Chatham County flood zones. Their insurance premiums are going down.

"We've worked on the drainage we've made some drainage improvements, but it will never stop the 100 percent of the flooding," said county commissioner Frank Murray. He represents 3/4 of unincorporated Chatham County, and for those unincorporated residents who live in flood zones, their flood insurance premium discount has gone from five percent to 15 percent.

"By doing that, it will certainly help with the rates they pay, which is an annual fee," said Murray.

That's a savings of about $56 per policy.

"It's really going to pay off for people in the unincorporated areas of Chatham County, they're going to receive a big discount and that's always good news when you save money around your house," said commissioner Dean Kicklighter, who represents the second-largest unincorporated area in the county.

Both he and Murray agree since flood insurance for many of these areas is required, this ten percent savings will really show. And insurance companies should be taking care of the discount on your bill automatically.

If you would like more information on the new rate for the unincorporated flood zones in Chatham County, you can find it on the county's website.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com