California insurance industry warned of “significant risk” from Oroville Dam

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Concern over the dangers presented from the 770 foot structure’s damaged spillway has not disappeared. The next rainy season is only months away and the California insurance industry faces a “significant risk” from the Oroville Dam and its damaged spillway. Experts are cautioning the industry, residents of the region and pretty much anyone else who will listen about that the next time the waters rise could end far worse than the last time. Raging waters last month caused America’s tallest dam to experience critical damage. That damage has yet to…

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Will California flood insurance be better without federal involvement?

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The state is considering dropping out of the nationwide program in favor of establishing its own. California flood insurance found itself in the spotlight last month when the Oroville Dam threatened to fail. Erosion at the base of the dam’s emergency spillway forced the evacuation of 180,000 people until the area could be deemed safe again. This event greatly increased awareness of the importance of flood insurance within that part of the state. Helicopters were used to place massive boulders to plug the failing emergency spillway. This allowed the state…

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Record number of homeowners purchase flood insurance in California

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FEMA reports that more flood policies have been sold through NFIP this year The number of homeowners in California that have purchased flood insurance coverage has grown significantly, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This is due to worry concerning El Nino, which may result in several powerful storms in California. Heavy rainfall in the state may be good news for some, as California has been suffering from a severe drought, but this rainfall comes with the risk of flood disasters in several parts of the state. Worries…

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California homeowners are purchasing flood insurance aggressively

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Worries over El Nino lead to an increase in the acquisition of flood insurance coverage Homeowners in California are beginning to show worry over the coming of El Nino. This year, El Nino is expected to be much stronger than it has ever been, which may place many homeowners in serious danger of having their properties damaged. Much of this damage is likely to come from flooding, which has lead more homeowners to purchase flood insurance coverage. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), there has been an influx…

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Flood insurance policy ownership plummets in California

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Due to the ongoing droughts, Californians just don’t see the reason to pay for this coverage. As both state and local officials have now been saying that the droughts that California has been facing may, in fact, be a “new normal” for the state, flood insurance ownership has fallen by 12 percent. An estimated 30,000 insurance policies have been cancelled as they are no longer viewed as worth the price. The decrease by 12 percent has happened from 2012 until now. The reason is that the reduction in rainfall and…

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Flood insurance rates spike in California

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California homeowners may soon contend with higher flood insurance premiums A sudden increase of flood insurance rates in the U.S. may soon force people from their homes. Rising flood insurance costs have become quite common in states like Florida and Louisiana, both of which experience a high degree of exposure to natural disasters. Homeowners in the San Francisco Bay Area may be feeling a great deal of financial pressure from the latest hike in flood insurance rates, however. For many, this coverage may soon become too costly to manage. Rates…

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With National Flood Safety Awareness Week Kicking Off, SmarterSafer.org Urges Congress to Pass Long-Term Extension of Flood Insurance Program

With National Flood Safety Awareness Week kicking off, SmarterSafer.org is urging Congress to pass meaningful flood insurance reform and provide a long-term extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In a letter being sent to Congress today, the group said reform is necessary to protect homeowners and businesses. “March 12-16 has been designated as National Flood Safety Awareness Week, however, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has yet to be extended and is set to expire at the end of May,” said SmarterSafer.org. “The NFIP must be reformed and…

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Congress extends the life of NFIP, but no clear solution is yet in sight

Federal legislators rules late last week to extend the lifetime of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until May 31, 2012. The program had been scheduled to expire at midnight on December 23, which would have caused millions to lose their flood insurance. The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America has praised the extension granted to NFIP, though the program still suffers under the weight of massive debt that threatens its ultimate longevity. For now, the program is safe, but legislators still need to tackle the financial issues that…

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Report shows insurance is an economic player in California

A new report has shown that the property and casualty industry for California insurance is responsible for bringing billions of dollars into the state. The report, which was released by the Insurance Information Institute, showed that in 2008, that sector of the insurance industry brought $34.7 billion into the economy. It also showed that insurers are responsible for approximately 2 percent of the total gross state product for California. In fact, in that state, there are more insurance professionals employed than in any other state in the country. In 2009,…

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National Flood Insurance expiration delayed until January, legislators still slow to act

There seems to be no resolution in sight for the troubles plaguing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The program, which provides thousands of homeowners with affordable flood insurance coverage, is scheduled to expire on December 18, but legislators have yet to make an attempt to fix what has been called by insurance professionals a broken system. NFIP has stood before Congress for several months now through a series of imminent expirations. Thus far, legislators have done little else beyond voting to extend the program for another month, but that…

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