Flood insurance has new risks ahead

Flood Insurance

This federal program is already on shaky legs, but is facing even greater strains. The National Flood Insurance Program has never recovered from falling into $18 billion of debt after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and now it is headed back toward a position where its funds are running slim as the massive reconstruction effort after Sandy begin. Estimates at this point are saying that the superstorm could lead to the second highest bill for the program. Federal flood insurance claims will likely be second only to Katrina, as 115,000 have…

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Flood insurance records show Sandy is third largest

Inusrance Industry Hurricane Sandy

The Superstorm off the Atlantic is predicted to be less expensive than only Hurricanes Katrina and Ike. The damage caused by Superstorm Sandy is now predicted to be the third most expensive faced by the National Flood Insurance Program in the United States, and will have the largest amount of cost outside of the Gulf Coast region of the country. The states that were hardest hit include New York and New Jersey. According to Bloomberg Government’s BGOV Barometer, those two states are covered for nearly $100 million in flood insurance,…

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Hurricane Sandy slams East Coast

Hurricane Sandy Insurance News

Hurricane Sandy makes landfall and insurers scramble to mitigate impact Hurricane Sandy has hit  the East Coast of the U.S. after building in strength throughout the majority of the past week. U.S. Insurers have been working to prepare for the hurricane, which is expected to cause a significant amount of damage as it passes through densely populated cities in the northeastern region of the country. Claims teams and insurance adjusters have been mobilized to areas that are expected to see the most damage ahead of the storm in an attempt…

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Flood insurance policies immediately available to some wildfire victims

Flood Insurance and reinsurance

FEMA has stated that Colorado residents affected by the fires may qualify for NFIP. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that the Colorado residents who have been impacted by the High Park and Waldo Canyon wildfire flooding may become eligible for immediate flood insurance coverage through an exception to the 30 day waiting period that is usually required. FEMA said that it made this decision following a U.S. Forest Service consultation. Last Friday, President Barack Obama signed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 into law.  This…

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National Flood Insurance Program reauthorization by White House to benefit home builders

Disability Insurance

Construction workers see a solid employment future with the signing of the bill. The National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) signing by the White House has brought only good news to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and its members, as they depend on that program for their jobs. The reauthorization of the program over the next five years and keep construction workers employed. The bill was signed with strong support from both Barbra Boxer, the Democratic leader, and Oklahoma Republican James Inhofe. According to President Obama, “This bill will…

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The National Flood Insurance Program will live to see another day

Disability Insurance

Congress votes to keep the NFIP, which provides 5.6 million people with coverage On Friday, Congress gave its approval to extend the National Flood Insurance Program by another 5 years, ensuring that 5.6 million people will be able to maintain their current coverage. The decision was made to help to keep the fragile housing market from additional harm. If Congress had chosen not to renew the program, the result could have been devastating to the housing market, as prospective homeowners in areas considered at risk of flooding would not be…

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FEMA pushes for renewal of National Flood Insurance Program

Flood insurance

NFIP set to expire without Congressional action The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is scheduled to expire, once again, on May 31 of this year. The program is the primary source of flood insurance for homeowners throughout the country. Many private insurance companies either do not offer or have stopped offering flood insurance coverage in states where floods and heavy rainfall is common. As such, many homeowners rely on the federal program to protect them from natural disasters. Unfortunately, the program has been crippled by monumental debt, which has threatened…

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