California wine country flooding leaves thousands of homes and businesses damaged

California wine country flooding - Vineyard at Sunset

The floodwaters have turned two communities in Northern California into temporary islands. California wine country flooding is the worst the region has seen since 1995 when the Napa river reached record peak levels. The rain in Northern California has turned two wine country communities into temporary islands. At the moment, they can be reached only by boat. Thousands of homes and businesses are flooded as rivers across the region crest their banks. The Russian River crested at over 46 feet last week and the water did not recede until later…

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Climate change impact greater than insurance industry’s capacity to offset financial risk

Climate change impact - World in water

The affects of a warming planet will prove to be too expensive for coverage alone to keep up, say analysts. The financial risks associated with the climate change impact may become greater than what the insurance industry can cover, according to a new report. Analysts say that the financial risks are growing, from investing into coal-powered plants to the climbing premiums for flood insurance, the expenses are already rising and will continue to do so. That said, the difference that firms can make to control both the risks and the…

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The federal flood insurance program is broken and the repairs will be costly

Federal Flood Insurance - US Congress

NFIP is now fifty years old but the program has not undergone a healthy aging process. The subsidized federal flood insurance program is half a century old and is in dire need of fixes – or potentially a complete overhaul – that will, unfortunately, be unavoidably expensive. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has become increasingly costly and unsustainable. Federal flood insurance faced its second highest ever claim year in 2017. Hurricanes Florence, Harvey ad Michael placed the spotlight back onto the NFIP’s fundamental flaws. Insurance industry models show a…

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Total Hurricane Florence damage estimates now up to 11 figures

Hurricane Florence Damage - Flooding

The home and business property damage done from the storm’s flooding is notably higher than expected. The estimated Hurricane Florence damage total from the extreme flooding is considerably higher than previously predicted. The water and wind has left damage that is now estimated to be in the 11 figure range. Repairs from the damage that slammed the Carolinas and Virginia will be very costly. North Carolina was hit with the majority of the Hurricane Florence damage. It faced days of downpours. Lawmakers have been meeting this week to discuss the…

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National Flood Insurance Program Expires in Under 2 Weeks

National Flood Insurance Program - Hourglass - Time

The last day for the program will be July 31st unless Congress changes or renews it. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which covers five million homes against the risk of flooding, is about to expire. In fact, in under two weeks, on July 31, the program will come to an end unless Congress acts to extend it. Congress could renew it as-is or could attempt to agree to change it, but they’re running out of time. If the National Flood Insurance Program is not renewed, those with coverage will…

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Flood insurance program risks expiry (again) as hurricane season starts

Standard homeowners insurance policy may not cover short term rental damage

Seven million homes are at risk of damage from Atlantic storms and coverage may be up in the air again. After already facing a named storm this year, the flood insurance program is back in the spotlight. Yet again, after the disaster – both left behind by weather and in the expiration of the program – in 2017, the coverage program is due to expire. Last year brought record-breaking damages from natural disasters and the full totals aren’t in yet. This year, Americans are feeling less confident about their safety…

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FEMA moves forward with its own flood insurance changes

Flood Insurance Changes - Boots underwater

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has decided to take NFIP tweaks into its own hands. The Federal Emergency Management Agency revealed its intentions to make a number of flood insurance changes. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is facing massive and rising debt levels. There are many flaws in the program causing it to become unnecessarily expensive. Therefore, FEMA decided to help make changes to bring significant funding back to NFIP. The idea behind the latest flood insurance changes is to draw more private funds into the government-led coverage market.…

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