Federal Emergency Management Agency News

Big Bills Faced by Utahans Who Don’t Have Flood Insurance

It’s been more than two months since northern Utah resident Wyatt Brammer’s house was damaged from flooding and he still hasn’t gotten it fixed. After 33 inches of water filled his basement, he said, it could cost as much as …

Rising Seas May Wipe Out Jersey Towns and Millions in AAA Bonds

Few parts of the U.S. are as exposed to the threats from climate change as Ocean County, New Jersey. It was here in Seaside Heights that Hurricane Sandy flooded an oceanfront amusement park, leaving an inundated roller coaster as an …

New Flood Plain Maps Bring Good, Bad News for South Dakota Towns

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s proposed revisions to Yankton’s flood plain map could encompass nearly 200 additional properties. On the flip side, a revision in Rapid City means 224 properties have been removed from that city’s flood hazard area. Properties …

Storm Damage Assessors Rely on Waffle House’s 24-Hour Service Policy

The emphasis on 24-hour service at Waffle House — hurricane or shine — has earned the company a reputation among professional emergency managers, who make rough estimates of storm damage by looking to the local eatery. There’s even a “Waffle …

Idaho City Assessing Flood Risks Prior to Federal Maps Release

Boise, Idaho officials have expressed concerns with federal maps that propose adding hundreds of acres to a flood plain in the city, which could increase the cost and difficulty of buying or developing nearby property. The city disagrees with the …

School Flood Damage in Baton Rouge Tops $60M

Officials estimate that it will cost more than $62 million and years of work to repair flooded schools in Baton Rouge. The Advocate reports that of the 10 schools that were forced to temporarily relocate because of the August flood, …

Texas Surplus Office Projects 2016 Increase in Premium, Filings

Projections show that the Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas is on track to surpass fourth quarter premium totals set in the past two years, according to data prepared by the office. The amount of surplus lines filings with SLTX …

Private Flood Insurance a Focus for Pennsylvania Insurance Department in 2017

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has a plan to continue furthering its initiatives within the private flood insurance market in 2017. This comes after the North Central part of the state of Pennsylvania saw flooding in many areas outside of identified …

Virginia Flood Damage from Matthew Costliest Since Isabel, Officials Say

Virginia suffered only a glancing blow from Hurricane Matthew last month when unprecedented amounts of rain fell, but on Wednesday officials estimated flood damage to be hundreds of millions of dollars, making it the costliest storm since Hurricane Isabel in …

FEMA Extends Deadline for Louisiana Flood Aid Applications to Nov. 14

People seeking disaster aid to help them recover from Louisiana’s catastrophic August flooding have an extra month to apply for assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced this week that the deadline to register for federal disaster assistance has been …