National Flood Insurance Program News

Florida’s Flood Agency Stops Writing New Business in Tampa Bay Region

One of the first entities to step forward and provide private flood insurance in Florida has announced it will stop writing new business in the Tampa Bay region in order to manage its exposure. The Flood Agency, which offers private …

FEMA Administrator Questioned Over Sandy Flood Claims

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked an independent watchdog to examine whether the flood-insurance program is shortchanging Superstorm Sandy victims. Administrator Craig Fugate testified before a subcommittee chaired by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on Wednesday. The …

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Flood Claims Process After Sandy

A U.S. Senate committee today conducted a hearing titled “The Flood Insurance Claims Process in Communities After Sandy: Lessons Learned and Potential Improvements,” where lawmakers had a chance to listen to the insurance industry’s lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy and …

With Premium Refunds in Process, Washington Criticism of Flood Insurance Ebbs

Insurance agent, insurance carrier and real estate lobbyists praised federal regulators in charge of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) last week on Capitol Hill, agreeing that the process of issuing flood insurance premium refunds and restoring premium subsidies is …

Mass. Gov. OKs Bill Tying Required Flood Coverage Amount to Mortgage Balance

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday signed into law legislation that prohibits creditors from requiring residential property owners to buy flood insurance in an amount that exceeds the balance of their mortgage or the value of a home equity line …

Mass. Senate OKs Bill Tying Required Flood Coverage Amount to Mortgage Balance

The Massachusetts state Senate on June 26 passed legislation filed by the state’s attorney general, Martha Coakley, and state House Speaker Robert DeLeo aimed at softening the impact of flood insurance rate increases. The bill, H 3783 (“An Act Relative …

Philadelphia Launches Commercial Excess Flood Coverage

Philadelphia Insurance Cos. (PHLY) is now offering commercial excess flood coverage to complement its commercial primary flood product. PHLY’s new excess coverage competitively priced and available at limits higher than the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for businesses. Through PHLY’s …

Connecticut Residents Feeling Financial Strain as Flood Insurance Cost Rises

People living on Porter Avenue in Middlebury, Conn., face a threat that could put their homes underwater — but it’s not coming from nearby Long Swamp Brook. The rising cost of flood insurance is putting a financial strain on local …

FEMA Extends ‘Proof of Loss’ Deadline for Sandy Flood Insurance Claims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a bulletin Monday announcing that it will grant an additional extension to Superstorm Sandy victims for the “proof of loss” filing deadline for their flood insurance claims. Under the National Flood Insurance Program …

N.J. Gov. Asks FEMA to Give Sandy Victims More Time to File Flood Claims

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration is urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to give the state’s residents and businesses who suffered flood damages from Superstorm Sandy an additional six-month extension to file a complete flood insurance claim, or …