Borrowing limit on National Flood Insurance Program raised by congress

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The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) applaud the congressional action taken on January 4, 2013 to raise the borrowing limit for the NFIP, sending relief to badly damaged areas of the northeast still suffering after hurricane Sandy. A hearing on funding to help flood relief victims was scheduled for January 1, but was canceled by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) just moments after the so-called fiscal cliff deal was approved by the House of Representatives. Lawmakers and politicians in the northeast protested, most notably Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) and…

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Hurricane insurance losses from mammoth storm reaches billions

Hurricane Sandy flood insurance

Sandy left a wide path of destruction in her wake when it slammed the U.S. North East. Although residents of the North Eastern United States had been hoping for the best, the hurricane insurance losses resulting from Sandy will likely hit the $5 billion mark and above. Insurers and others in the industry are already crunching the numbers from the “frankenstorm”. Even before beginning to perform these calculations, it was clear to the hurricane insurance industry that the numbers would run well into the billions. Fitch Rating, for example, said…

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Hurricane Sandy may cause $20 billion in losses

New York grocery store sold old of water due to Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy makes landfall, causing chaos Hurricane Sandy is causing havoc in the northeastern U.S. The storm finally made landfall on Monday, striking New Jersey with 115mph winds that pushed water from the ocean into several states along the East Coast, including Virginia, New York, and Maryland. Though the storm is classified as a Category 1, it has already managed to caused a significant amount of damage with just its powerful winds. When the flooding that the storm has caused is factored into its overall impact, Hurricane Sandy could be…

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Homeowners insurance impact of hurricanes like Sandy

Homeowners flood Insurance hurricane sandy damage

The importance of coverage in these storms is clear, but many wonder how they affect premiums. Aside from emergency supplies and a safe place to stay throughout a hurricane, homeowners insurance is one of the most important things that a family can have to protect them against the potential devastation of a storm. But what is not as clearly understood, is if weather like Sandy will drive premiums skyward. Some estimates have said that the damage that hurricane Sandy could cause throughout its time after making landfall could reach as…

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