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Flooding is an ugly and devastating way of seeing property value wiped away. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s standard warning, an inch of standing water in a single-story 1,000 square foot home can cause $11,000 of damage.

But the potential for damage to commercial buildings is just as grave, if not more so. For example, a 2017 study out of the University of Nebraska at Omaha showed that “[c]ommercial buildings represent 13% of all structures in the 100-year floodplain in Sarpy County (Omaha, NE) and 16% in Fargo/Moorhead (ND and MN), yet account for half of total potential flood damage exposure as represented by depreciated structural replacement values (DSRVs).”


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