2018 Flood Update
As Iowa prepares for flood waters over the coming days, we wish to communicate the following information to you:
The Cedar River is predicted to reach major flood stage in Cedar Rapids on Saturday and crest Sunday afternoon. These levels will affect low-lying areas along the river. To monitor river forecasts and anticipated crest levels, visit the National Weather Service.
The City of Cedar Rapids has begun making preparations to protect the 18-foot river stage. This activity includes placing sand-filled HESCO barriers in low-lying areas, closing off the gates to the City's underground storm sewer system, deploying plugs and concrete cones over low-lying stormwater inlets and the closure of several low-lying roads and parks/trails systems.
As we continue to anticipate the rise of the river, we remain hopeful that the rain totals are minimal over the next few days and that the crest projections continue to fall. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.
Flood Predictions & Notifications
We suggest the following app and websites as ways to stay informed:
If you are located outside of the Cedar Rapids area, local flood information can be found at ifis.iowafloodcenter.org.
In the event you suffer damage to your property, we recommend you report your loss directly to your insurance carrier to expedite the process. Should you have concerns or need additional guidance along the way, your TrueNorth representative will be here to assist.
If you have a flood policy with Selective Insurance, you may report a claim by calling (877) 348-0552. We have also attached a Selective Claims Guide for your reference. Click here to view the guide. It provides best practices when dealing with a flood loss (i.e., track expenses/man-hours and photos, photos, photos), beyond specific information for clients insured by Selective Insurance.
Should you have a flood policy which follows the standards of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the policy may provide coverage for not only damage to your property, but up to $1,000 for costs you incur to protect the covered home or building from a flood or imminent danger of flood. Sandbags, fill for temporary levees, plastic sheeting, lumber, and pumps are considered reasonable expenses under the National Flood Insurance Policy. For additional guidance, you may call the NFIP directly at (800) 638-6620.
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