Flood insurance in Louisiana comes under review

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Federal officials flock to Louisiana to examine flood insurance The National Flood Insurance Program has been a controversial topic for several years in the U.S. The federal program is typically the only place for homeowners to find the flood insurance protection they need. Those in risk-prone areas of the country have a heavy reliance on the program, which is a problematic issue in itself due to the program’s crippling financial troubles. In Louisiana, federal officials overseeing the program have begun touring the state in order to gain a better understanding…

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Flood insurance in New Orleans expected to rise

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FEMA maps could make flood insurance more expensive in New Orleans The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been making revisions to its national flood maps over the past several months. The agency notes that making changes to its existing flood maps is necessary due to environmental concerns and how changes in climate are affecting portions of the U.S. In some parts of the country, rising sea levels are exposing citizens to risks associated with floods. Powerful storms have also been causing widespread flooding, as was the case with…

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Thousands of flood insurance claims coming from Louisiana in wake of Isaac

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State announces thousands of flood insurance claims generated by Hurricane Isaac Hurricane Isaac has come and gone and the storm has left devastating floods in its wake. Louisiana was struck hard by these floods, with many of the state’s southern counties being inundated with water. According to Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, thousands of flood insurance claims have been generated by the storm, many of which coming from throughout the state. State officials note that a scant 31% of Louisiana residents have flood insurance coverage, leaving many with damaged property without…

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New Jersey residents pick up more flood insurance in wake of powerful storms

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Flood insurance gets a boost after Irene With Hurricane Isaac on a rampage, attention is being drawn to flood insurance. In the past two years, damage caused by powerful storms has been punctuated by the sheer lack of flood insurance coverage. For the uninsured, the damage caused by flood presents a financial burden that consumers will have to bear alone. Those that have suffered loss as a result of flooding seem to be taking the matter seriously and are finally heeding the call to obtain comprehensive flood insurance coverage, according…

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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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Mississippi could lose its access to flood insurance because of state law

Residents of Mississippi are in danger of losing their flood insurance if state legislators do not take action on a particular law. The state was put on notice by the Federal Emergency Management Agency late last week because one of the state’s laws makes hunting and fishing camps exempt from the building codes that govern the flood prone areas of the state. FEMA claims that if the issue is not resolved by May 5th, those receiving coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program will see their policies canceled. According to…

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Army Corps of Engineers warns that last year’s floods could spur yet more damage along the Mississippi River this year

Last year’s record breaking floods along the Mississippi River could put a significant amount of people in danger of similar events this year, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. The events of last year have dealt a significant amount of damage to protective structures that block floods, such as levees and overflow channels. The communities that were affected by these events last year will be notified of the Army Corps of Engineers concerns in February. The Corps has identified several places where floods could be a major problem this…

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