Landslide Insurance Costly, Rare

By Chris Lehman

Washington Governor Jay Inslee Monday filed a formal request for a federal disaster declaration. If this is granted, it means the survivors of the massive landslide near Oso, Washington would be eligible for federal assistance. Many of them will be counting on that since they don’t have landslide insurance.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the search teams are continuing their efforts. But at the same time, the state is looking to the future.

Jay Inslee: "We are now in the beginning phases of what you might think of our mid-term or long-term planning process, particularly for housing for these families."

Displaced families may get help in the form of short-term housing vouchers but many in the landslide zone won't see insurance payouts for their lost property. A Seattle-based industry group estimates that fewer than one percent of all home and business owners in Washington have it. It’s expensive and can cost an additional $1000/year a more for single-family home. It’s suspected that most homeowners in the path of the slide did not have this type of coverage. A spokeswoman for the Washington state Insurance Commissioner says this means few people if any will be getting payouts.

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