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Harris County Precinct 4
Harris County Precinct 4
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The Importance of Flood Insurance Bookmark

Thousands upon thousands in Houston and Harris County have been impacted by the force of Hurricane Harvey, realizing all too well the necessity of homeowners insurance and finding out the hard way just how important it is to have the separate flood policy. It is estimated that only about 15 percent of homeowners in Harris County have flood insurance. The main difference between standard homeowners insurance and a flood policy is rising water. There are many examples of other scenarios in which water may enter your home and, depending on your homeowners insurance policy, the damage would likely be covered. For instance, if a pipe burst or a hot water heater leaked. But homeowners must purchase a separate policy for rising water, specifically a flood insurance policy that is written through the National Flood Insurance Program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Staying Healthy After a Flood Bookmark

With the widespread flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, Harris County Public Health is warning the public to take precautions when working in flood-damaged areas. As cleanup continues, residents should be aware of the following health hazards: Breathing mold can cause health consequences for some. In those who are susceptible, mold can cause allergy-like symptoms such as a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, and skin irritation.

Recovering a Flooded Landscape Bookmark

When a natural disaster strikes, the last item on the recovery list is probably your flower beds and lawn. For those who spend a lot of time laboring in their yards though, it may be more of a priority. With time and patience, nature’s resilience will allow most plants to return naturally. But there are a few tips that can help encourage restoration. • Once your yard is completely dry, remove any limbs, leaves, trash, or sediment buildup. Then mow and apply one-half pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square foot to