Flood Insurance News

Work Begins on Westernmost Levees in Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish

Terrebonne Parish flood protection planners are taking the first steps toward building the western footprint of the Morganza-to-the-Gulf levee system in Louisiana. The 98-mile system’s newest authorization from Congress earlier this year extended its footprint about16 miles west from the …

Superstorm Sandy Victims Allege Racketeering in Flood Claims Review

Wright National Flood Insurance Co. and U.S. Forensic LLC, an engineering firm, were sued by New York homeowners who claim the companies conspired to manipulate reports and avoid paying for damages from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Wright, which provides coverage …

New Jersey Sen. Menendez Presses for Sandy Flood Insurance Probe

The Federal Emergency Management Agency should investigate allegations that insurance companies handling Superstorm Sandy flood damage claims are manipulating them to shortchange victims, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez said on Nov. 14. At a press conference in his Newark office, Menendez …

Human Factor, Culture Often Overlooked in Climate Debate, Expert Says

When Hurricane Sandy came, Deborah Star Reed stayed home. Irene, the year before, had been over- hyped. Her 1919 concrete house in New York was left unscathed by Donna in 1960 and the “Big One” of 1938. So, on Oct. …

Louisiana’s Vermilion Parish Plans to Build Flood Walls to Protect Schools

School officials in Louisiana’s Vermilion Parish are moving ahead with plans for a concrete wall and pump system to protect more of the parish’s schools from floodwaters. The Advocate reports the latest project calls for spending $2.8 million to erect …

South Dakota’s Brown County Gets $150K Grant for New Floodgate

Brown County is receiving more than $150,000 in grant funding to help install a new floodgate where Crow Creek meets the James River. The American News in Aberdeen reports that Brown County has been planning for several years to replace …

N.J. Sen. Menendez Urges FEMA to Reform NFIP’s Claims Process

Following up on issues that were raised at the July 30 hearing on post-Sandy flood insurance claims, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) sent a letter on Wednesday, Sept. 10, to Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate, urging him …

Post-Floods, Detroit Residents Shop for Appliances, Supplies

Detroit-area residents are shopping for appliances and home-repair supplies in droves after recent flooding damaged houses and the property inside. The Detroit News reports thousands of shoppers visited big-box appliance stores and local retailers over the weekend to purchase everything …

Torrential Rains Bring Floods, Fires to Indiana

Residents in central and northern Indiana battled fire and water after torrential rains overnight caused widespread flooding on Aug. 22. Firefighters in northeastern Indiana were cut off from a blaze at an auto repair shop by three to five feet …

Torrential Rains Leave Flooded Homes, Injuries in North Dakota

Torrential rains led to weekend flooding in parts of North Dakota, inundating or threatening more than a dozen homes in the west and causing at least two injuries in the east. Many areas of the state got several inches of …