Florida may become home for private flood insurance

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Florida lawmakers seek to open up the market to private insurers Flood insurance rates may remain stable in the U.S. for a time as federal lawmakers begin investigating ways to reform the federal program that provides flood protection, but many homeowners are still concerned about the financial impact of flood coverage and the federal program’s ability to actually honor the policies it represents. The National Flood Insurance Program is currently crippled by massive debt. While the program has been able to pay claims thanks to the support of emergency spending…

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Flood insurance continues to cause problems for homeowners and realtors

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Insurance woes continue to mount for many Flood insurance has become a controversial issue in the U.S. The problems the country is facing in terms of insurance coverage are linked heavily to the National Flood Insurance Program. The majority of homeowners throughout the country currently receive their flood protection from the federal program, but the program itself has been crippled by financial calamities that emerged over the past several years. FEMA, which manages the flood program, has been working to resolve these issues while also redrawing its flood maps, and…

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Flood insurance hike delay strategy in the works by lawmakers

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A bipartisan effort to delay the rate increases by four years is trying to ensure that coverage will remain affordable. A bipartisan lawmaker group is now in the midst of an effort to delay the changes to the federal flood insurance program for another four years, as they are currently threatening to stick thousands of homeowners with hikes to their premiums that they will not be able to afford. This move has been made at a time in which the government is lining up to make a massive overhaul of…

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Flood insurance leaves many in Staten Island unimpressed

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Floodwaters are leaving homeowners battling with insurers to try to receive damage payments. Many people in Staten Island said that they knew that their homeowners policies weren’t enough to cover them against the damage that could come from floodwaters, but those who went ahead and purchased flood insurance are finding themselves frustrated as they must still battle to recover their losses. Many homeowners in the region are finding that the payments they are receiving are falling far short of the expense. In one instance of an Adams Avenue homeowner –…

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Flood insurance program takes a scolding from New Jersey governor

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He stated that claims to the federal program were being paid far too slowly to NJ residents. Governor Chris Christie has spoken out against the federal flood insurance program’s handling of the claims made by New Jersey residents following the Superstorm Sandy’s devastation of many of its areas at the end of October 2012. He said that the claims that were made to the federal program were not being paid in a reasonable time. Though the governor had previously criticized the rate at which the flood insurance payments were being…

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Flood insurance premiums will be on the rise for many in 2013

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Homeowners in New Jersey are finding that it may not be long before the cost of flooding coverage increases. The Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA) held a meeting on January 10, 2013, which was attended by leaders and representatives from local municipalities from New Jersey, at which they were informed that the owners of non-primary residences that were constructed before 1968 would soon see a whopping 25 percent increase to their flood insurance premiums. The rate increase was set to become effective as of January 1 in order to offset…

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Flood insurance approval for $9.7 billion in claims from U.S. Congress

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The final congressional nod was achieved when the Senate passed the bill on Friday. The new United States Senate has now passed a bill for $9.7 billion which has brought about the final approval of Congress to assist in the payment of flood insurance claims for businesses, homeowners, and renters whose properties were damaged by Superstorm Sandy when it hit at the end of October 2012. This has replenished the funds for NFIP, which were reaching urgently low levels. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was predicted to run dry…

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National Flood Insurance Program may be helping preparedness for the impact of climate change

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National Flood Insurance Program reform promotes preparedness Changes made to the National Flood Insurance Program earlier this year may help prepare the country for the risks it faces from powerful natural disasters in the future. It is no secret that the National Flood Insurance Program is having trouble, and has been struggling to overcome financial turmoil since 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. In June of this year, Congress approved an expansive overhaul of the program, which extended its lifespan for another five years and closed numerous loopholes that have led to the…

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Flood insurance has new risks ahead

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This federal program is already on shaky legs, but is facing even greater strains. The National Flood Insurance Program has never recovered from falling into $18 billion of debt after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and now it is headed back toward a position where its funds are running slim as the massive reconstruction effort after Sandy begin. Estimates at this point are saying that the superstorm could lead to the second highest bill for the program. Federal flood insurance claims will likely be second only to Katrina, as 115,000 have…

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Flood insurance downfalls revealed following superstorms on the east coast

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The damage, destruction, and devastation from Sandy revealed many flaws in the national program. The catastrophe and chaos that has been left behind on the Jersey Shore and other areas on the east coast is now being called a direct reflection of some of the many failings of the current flood insurance program and is drawing attention to issues that may be on the rise in the near and long term future due to climate change. The storm surge from the most recent superstorm came inland as far as half…

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