Insurance companies face strain from series of large U.K. storms

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The costs associated with Storms Desmond, Eva and Frank has insurers starting to feel some pressure. Britain has faced one damaging storm after the next, as Storms Desmond, Eva and Frank brought flooding and winds that left catastrophes behind and that now have insurance companies feeling the pinch from the associated costs. In fact, many of the insurers that are now counting up the total cost are some of the largest in the country. Victims of the flooding have now started to submit their claims to their insurance companies and…

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FEMA official will testify on flood insurance issues

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Flood insurance continues to be a problem in the US Flood insurance rates in the U.S. are set to rise as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) redraws vital flood maps around the country and major changes to the National Flood Insurance Program become active. FEMA has been working to address the changing risks associated with floods and natural disasters over the past few years and revising its flood maps is a major part of this process. Unfortunately for homeowners in risk-prone areas, this could mean higher flood insurance rates.…

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Rising flood insurance premiums spark protests among homeowners

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Flood insurance rates prove controversial for FEMA Rising flood insurance costs may soon become a problem for the U.S. federal government. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been working to revise the flood maps that determine what regions of the country can be considered “high risk” areas. According to FEMA, such areas are prone to floods that can cause significant damage to properties and are under considerable risk to falling victim to floods that are caused by storms. Revisions to FEMA’s flood maps have many implications, the most concerning…

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Flood insurance rates to spike in New York and New Jersey

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Flood insurance rates expected to rise in wake of Hurricane Sandy More than six months have passed since Hurricane Sandy barreled into New York and New Jersey. The two states suffered horrendous damage from the storm, but not from its strong winds. Floods caused the majority of the damage associated with Hurricane Sandy, which has proven to be a problematic issue for the victims of the powerful storm, especially those without flood insurance protection. The uninsured and the uninformed suffered serious losses due to the storm, with most believing their…

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National Flood Insurance Program may not withstand assault from Hurricane Sandy

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National Flood Insurance Program braces for massive impact from claims Hurricane Sandy has brought many issues to light in the U.S., especially those concerning climate change and the country’s energy grid. Amidst the turmoil the storm has caused, federal officials have begun evaluating ways to improve the country’s defenses against natural disasters. At its peak, Hurricane Sandy was a Category 2 storm, but dwindles to a Category 1 and tropical storm status by the time it reached the northeastern states. Despite the storm’s weakening presence, it still managed to produce…

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National Flood Insurance Program takes limelight in wake of Sandy

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National Flood Insurance Program could be in bad position to deal with Hurricane Sandy The National Flood Insurance Program is being put to the test in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The federal program is responsible for the majority of flood insurance policies in the U.S., but has been facing extreme financial problems that could threaten its ability to pay claims. The program is currently crippled by massive debt and federal lawmakers have been unable to solve the problems facing the program. Now, the impact of Hurricane Sandy is finally…

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Homeowners are reminded that springtime means flood insurance

With the official start of spring, while many homeowners are seeing that the dry conditions over the winter have reduced the risk of flooding, the Insurance Information Institute is reminding them that throughout the springtime, the flooding risk still remains high due to hurricanes, heavy rains, and other types of catastrophes. Homeowners, home renters, and business owners should all consider purchasing a policy that will protect them from flood, or renewing one that they have already had, to ensure that there isn’t a gap in their coverage. In the United…

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