Hurricane Ian leaves an estimated $17 billion in uninsured damages behind

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Initial estimates from the storm’s destruction are now being released, and much of it is not covered. Homeowners in Florida and other states along Hurricane Ian’s path could face uninsured losses as high as $17 billion due to flooding damage, according to new estimates released by CoreLogic. The estimates show that damages not covered by insurance will be between $10 billion and $17 billion. The uninsured losses from Hurricane Ian are expected to be nearly the same as what the covered losses are predicted to be, which is somewhere in…

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Connecticut flood insurance rates rise, and fewer homes are covered

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Though the last 12 months have been essentially free of flooding, there have been several near misses. Even though there have been only 18 Connecticut flood insurance claims filed in the last 12 months ending at the close of June, the rates in the state will still be rising. The rates are causing many state residents to take the risk without coverage for their properties. There have been several recent reminders that storms are fierce and quite close – Hurricane Fiona washed full structures away in Nova Scotia and other…

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Higher cost of flood insurance causes massive coverage dropping trend

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FEMA’s program overhaul in 2021 sent prices skyward, causing hundreds of thousands to drop out. In 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducted an overhaul of its National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to encourage homeowners to purchase coverage due to the more precise risk their property faced from flooding. So far, the result appears to be rising rates and hundreds of thousands of people dropping existing coverage. Homeowners that had been purchasing their flood insurance coverage through FEMA have widely dropped their policies, leading to a concerning number of…

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Flood insurance uncommon among Kentucky homeowners under water

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With dozens of people dead and rain still in the forecast, the area hasn’t been known for this type of flooding. Regions of Kentucky have suffered profoundly as a result of extensive and ongoing flooding, a situation that has only been made worse because there is very little flood insurance coverage throughout the affected areas. Hundreds of homes flooded, primarily badly, and residents were left waiting to assess the damage. While flood insurance is often purchased in parts of the country at a higher risk of damage from these natural…

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California Wildfire insurance expansion act passes House

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HR 8483 has now passed the House and will require studies by FEMA and the GAO. House Committee on Financial Services Chair Rep Maxine Waters (D) has announced that “The Wildfire Response and Drought Resiliency Act” has passed the House, including her bill HR 8483, “The Wildfire Insurance Coverage Study Act of 2022”. The next step will involve studies to provide assessments regarding the rising danger of the blazes. HR 8483 will require that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) conduct assessment studies to…

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Flood insurance program overhaul began this month

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Despite opposition, Risk Rating 2.0 has gone into effect with revisions expected for 5 million policies. Opponents to the Risk Rating 2.0 did their best to stop the flood insurance program overhaul from becoming a reality, but those members of Congress were unable to do so, and it became effective as of the start of this month. The federal government program’s change will now impact millions of property owners. The Risk Rating 2.0 restructuring has revised the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), impacting the premiums of about 5 million policyholders.…

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Governor Newsom declares California state of emergency in three counties

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The alert is regarding the Glass and Zogg wildfires which threaten Napa, Sonoma and Shasta counties. Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a California state of emergency in three counties as a result of the Glass and Zogg fires. Those wildfires have already killed three people and have torched their way through thousands of acres since last Sunday. The governor included Napa, Sonoma and Shasta in his statement and sent a letter to President Trump. In Governor Newsom’s letter regarding the California state of emergency in the three counties, he addressed…

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