Flood Insurance News

$26.2M Flood Mitigation Grant Approved for Burlington, Iowa

City officials in Burlington, Iowa, announced it will be able to build flood walls and other barriers to keep the Mississippi River at bay during flood events. The city has been awarded a $26.2 million grant from the state Homeland …

FEMA Official: ‘We Are Undertaking Sweeping Reforms’ at NFIP

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it is working to give every Hurricane Sandy survivor who thinks they may have been defrauded or received less than they were entitled to under their National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policy, the opportunity …

FEMA Sets Up Review Process for Sandy Flood Claims

In light of recent allegations that some insurers in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) may have denied or rejected Superstorm Sandy flood damage claims based on falsified reports, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is now prepared to reopen “every …

FEMA to Impose More Oversight on Flood Insurers, Engineering Firms

Federal disaster relief officials are keeping a closer eye on companies that help it provide flood insurance, following allegations by Hurricane Sandy victims that claims were denied or underpaid based on manipulated engineering reports. A spokesman for the Federal Emergency …

N.Y. Assemblyman Proposes State-Run Flood Insurance

A New York State assemblyman says he will introduce a bill to create a state-run flood insurance program designed to serve New York homeowners in flood-prone communities. Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder (D-Queens) announced the plan on March 1 to introduce new …

Senator: FEMA Will Re-examine More Cases, Reform NFIP Claims Process

A top Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) official has committed to taking aggressive steps to make sure victims of Superstorm Sandy get “every penny to which they’re entitled” from their national flood insurance claims, said U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). …

N.J. Congressman Calls for FEMA Chief’s Resignation

A New Jersey congressman is asking for the resignation of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator W. Craig Fugate and an immediate investigation into FEMA after reports that FEMA was aware of allegedly fraudulent engineering reports that may have been …

Hurricane Sandy Victims Reach First Set of FEMA Insurance Settlements

Federal disaster assistance officials have begun reaching settlements with more than 1,000 Hurricane Sandy victims who allege they were unfairly denied flood insurance claims or paid too little for them. Lawyers for property owners told federal magistrate judges overseeing lawsuits …

FEMA Exec Tells ’60 Minutes’ He’s Seen Evidence of Fraudulent Reports

The head of Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) flood insurance program acknowledged he has seen evidence of fraudulent engineering reports that may have been used to deny flood claims by Superstorm Sandy victims, according to CBS’s “60 Minutes” program that …

Twice-Wounded Sandy Victims Seek Payout as FEMA Presses Insurers

Some homeowners hit by Hurricane Sandy say they’ve been victimized twice: first by the storm and later by insurers. John Clancy says his insurer, an Allstate Corp. unit, paid just $46,000 of the more than $200,000 in repairs needed on …