The average flood insurance cost in Tennessee will depend on where you live as well as individual risk factors, like your home’s ground elevation and proximity to bodies of water.
If you are not sure whether your household is in a flood zone, you can check local maps. MoneyGeek strongly recommends that you get flood insurance if you are in a moderate- or high-risk flood zone. Flood damage can be expensive, and FEMA estimates that even an inch of water can cause up to $25,000 in damages.
Keep in mind that your homeowners or renters insurance policy does not include coverage for natural flooding, so flood insurance is the only way to protect yourself against flood damages.
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The NFIP, NFIP-participating companies and private insurance providers offer flood insurance in Tennessee.
You will pay higher rates for flood insurance in Tennessee if you live in a high-risk flood zone.
Apart from location, flood insurance premiums in Tennessee will also depend on individual factors, like the age and design of your home, your coverage level and the deductible on your policy.
Average Cost of Flood Insurance in Tennessee
In Tennessee, flood insurance costs an average of $998 per year, but this rate can vary depending on your county. If you live in a moderate- or high-risk flood zone, you will pay more for flood insurance.
Average Cost of Flood Insurance by County in Tennessee
Tennessee has more flood-prone areas, so flood insurance is more expensive in the state compared to average national rates.
MoneyGeek found that Harris County is the cheapest for flood insurance in Tennessee at an average of $467 per year, while Pickett County is the most expensive at $4,441 per year.
You can use the table below to look up the average flood insurance cost in Tennessee by county.
Tennessee Flood Insurance Cost Per County
Companies That Offer Flood Insurance in Tennessee
The NFIP offers flood insurance in Tennessee, but you can also purchase a policy from private insurance companies. Private insurers offer base policies that are similar to NFIP coverage or excess policies that provide supplemental coverage in addition to the base coverage.
If you want more comprehensive coverage than you can get from an NFIP policy or live in a household that is not in an NFIP community, private insurers may be the best option.
Private Flood Insurance Providers in TN and Their Contact Numbers
Aon Private Flood
Hiscox - FloodPlus
FloodSimple Insurance Services
The NFIP also offers flood insurance in Tennessee through partner insurance companies. You can look up the list of NFIP-participating providers in the table below.
NFIP-Participating Flood Insurance Providers in State and Their Contact Numbers
Allstate Insurance Company
American Commerce Ins. Co.
American Nat. Prop. & Casualty
American Strategic Ins. Corp.
Auto Club South Insurance Co.
Auto Owners Insurance Co.
Refer to the Agent locator
Everett Cash Mutual Ins. Co.
How to Purchase Flood Insurance and Its Coverage Requirements
Buying flood insurance in Tennessee is a simple process with no special requirements. All you need to do is contact the NFIP through their hotline (877-336-2627) or call your home insurance agent. You can also get more options by researching other flood insurance providers.
It’s best to purchase your flood insurance as soon as you can since NFIP policies are subject to a 30-day waiting period. Private providers may also have 10-day waiting periods. Contact your chosen insurer for more information.
What Does Flood Insurance Cover in Tennessee?
Flood insurance will help cover the cost of damages to your home’s structure or its contents in case of a flood. This can help you avoid expensive flooding losses since even an inch of flood water can cost up to $25,000 in damages.
For flood insurance purposes, flooding specifically refers to water damage arising from a natural weather phenomenon. This means that flood insurance coverage excludes damage from unnatural causes like leaking or burst pipes.
Standard flood insurance policies do not cover damage to swimming pools, cash, decks, patios, paperwork, basement items or cars. If you want to protect your car against flood damage, you should purchase a comprehensive car insurance policy.
Flood Insurance Building Coverage
The physical structure of your home is covered by flood insurance under building coverage. The NFIP offers building coverage of up to $250,000.
Some of the structures in your home that will be covered under building coverage include:
- Electrical systems
- Plumbing systems
- Built-in appliances
- Built-in furniture
- Permanent carpets
- Foundation walls
- Furnaces, central heating and air conditioning
Flood Insurance Contents Coverage
Flood insurance includes protection for the personal belongings in your home under contents coverage. You can purchase contents coverage of up to $100,000 from the NFIP.
Some of the items protected by contents coverage include:
- Washers and dryers
- Electronic equipment
Factors That Affect Flood Insurance Costs in Tennessee
Location was the only factor in the cost of flood insurance before October 2021. You can find data on flooding risk for your state on the FEMA website.
According to FEMA data, Pickett County has had the fewest flooding events (12) in Tennessee since 1996, while Shelby County has had the most at 147. Flood insurance in these counties costs an average of $4,441 per year and $704 per year, respectively.
Despite having the fewest flooding events, Pickett County has flood insurance rates that are more than 600% more expensive than Shelby County, the most frequently flooded county in Tennessee. Pickett County may be so expensive because size is also a factor. A small county with fewer but more concentrated flooding events may be more costly compared to a county with more flooding events spread out over a large area.
Still, this is a highly unusual scenario, and Tennessee is a major outlier when it comes to the cost of flood insurance by county.
Risk Rating 2.0
In October 2021, FEMA introduced Risk Rating 2.0, a system that bases flood insurance rates on the combination of flood risk and individual property factors like:
- Foundation type
- Dwelling structure
- Replacement and repair costs
- Frequency of flooding
- Proximity to bodies of water
Keep in mind that your location will still play a role in the cost of your flood insurance.
MoneyGeek highlighted factors affecting the average flood insurance cost in Tennessee.
Flood risk is now determined on an individual basis using Risk Rating 2.0, so rates can vary even in the same location. In high-risk flood areas, rates are typically higher than in low-risk flood areas. Still, your rates may differ from your neighbor’s.
Comprehensive flood insurance coverage is more expensive than limited coverage. Depending on your state and county, the coverage options available to you may vary.
You can choose a deductible between $1,000 and $10,000. The higher the deductible, the cheaper the premium. However, you need to pay this amount when filing a claim, so choose wisely.
Age of Structure
Older structures tend to be more expensive to insure than newer structures.
The structure’s design and the materials used to build it can affect your flood insurance rates.
Do You Need Flood Insurance in Tennessee?
Flood insurance gives you added protection and peace of mind since every property can be vulnerable to flooding. In high-risk flood zones, government-backed mortgage lenders will require you to purchase flood insurance.
Even in low- or moderate-risk flood zones, FEMA still recommends flood insurance. Keep in mind that homeowners and renters insurance policies do not cover floods, so it is important to purchase a flood insurance policy.
Flood insurance will pay claims even without a presidential disaster declaration. You may even get more from flood insurance than federal disaster assistance, which may be limited to $5,000 per household.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tennessee Flood Insurance
You can look up the answers to some frequently asked questions below to learn more about flood insurance in Tennessee.
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- FEMA. "Flood Insurance." Accessed August 20, 2022.
- FEMA. "Historical Flood Risk and Costs." Accessed August 20, 2022.