Most Popular Flood Headlines This Year

The most viewed headlines from our Flood Topic Page over the last year.

#1 Hurricane Laura’s Timing, Direction Bring Harvey, Katrina, Rita to Mind

Aug 25 2020 // Tropical Storm Laura morphed into a hurricane on Aug. 25, 2020 — three years to the day after Hurricane Harvey swept ashore on the Texas Gulf Coast — and is expected to make landfall just days before the 15-year...

#2 Analysts Warn of Effects of Hurricane Laura Losses on P/C Insurers

Aug 27 2020 // Ratings analysts A.M. Best and Moody’s are expecting property/casualty insurers and reinsurers to suffer meaningful losses from Hurricane Laura. A.M. Best expects losses from Hurricane Laura to place added stress on...

#3 Chubb Not Responsible for Superstorm Sandy Damage to Two Insureds’ Homes

May 26 2020 // A New Jersey appeals court has upheld a trial court’s ruling that Chubb Insurance Co. is not responsible for damages to two insureds’ homes caused by Superstorm Sandy because of a flood exclusion in their...

#4 Transparency Is Key for Insurance Agents Handling Coronavirus Claims

May 6 2020 // Business interruption insurance has been a much-debated topic during the coronavirus crisis, with some businesses already pushing back against virus-related claim denials. In several cities, groups of businesses have filed...

#5 April’s Killer Tornadoes Cost Insurers Billions in Claims: Aon Report

May 8 2020 // Extensive severe weather events in the United States during April cost insurers billions of dollars, according to the latest edition of Aon’s Global Catastrophe Recap report. There were 14 killer tornadoes in the...

#6 Heavy Rains Batter China, Raising Flood Alert Levels for Cities on Yangtze River

Jul 6 2020 // SHANGHAI — The central Chinese city of Wuhan, epicenter of the new coronavirus pandemic, raised its flood alert level on Monday as torrential rain and thunderstorms battered swathes of the country, including the...

#7 Third Wave of Severe Flooding Expected in China

Jul 27 2020 // China warned that the worst of the deluges that have led millions to be evacuated may be yet to come, after a third wave of floods formed in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River on Sunday. “The flood control and...

#8 Update: Cyclone Amphan Floods Areas of India and Bangladesh, Killing Dozens of People

May 21 2020 // The biggest cyclonic storm over the Bay of Bengal in two decades wrecked havoc along India’s east coast and in Bangladesh, killing dozens of people, flooding low-lying areas and affecting power supply. Amphan is...

#9 Flooding Brings New Woes to New York City Church Hard-Hit by COVID-19

Jan 7 2021 // A Lutheran church in New York City already reeling from the COVID-19 deaths of more than 60 members of the congregation has suffered a new trauma: Severe flood damage from the rupture of a major municipal water main. The...

#10 Trump Signs Stopgap Government Funding Measure with 1 Year Flood Insurance Renewal

Oct 1 2020 // President Donald Trump signed a funding measure that will keep the federal government running until Dec. 11. The continuing resolution (HR 8337), which the House passed last week 359 to 57, was approved by the Senate in a...

#11 Government-Produced Flood Maps May Have Underestimated Properties at Risk

Jun 29 2020 // First Street Foundation, a nonprofit agency, is making accurate climate change-adjusted flood scores available for every property in the U.S. today. There are government-produced maps showing 8.7 million homes and...

#12 California Alerts Residents in Burn Areas About Flood And Mudslide Coverage

Jan 26 2021 // California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara is alerting residents to review their current insurance policies in the midst of a forecast of winter weather bringing the possibility of floods, mudslides, debris flows, and...

#13 Kentucky Flooding Worst in Decades; Governor Tours Damage

Mar 8 2021 // Gov. Andy Beshear reiterated his promise to seek federal disaster relief on Friday while touring several flooded counties in Eastern Kentucky, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. “What I saw was the worst...

#14 New Federal Flood Insurance Rating Plan to Start Oct. 1

Apr 5 2021 // Hundreds of thousands of Americans will pay significantly more to insure their homes in coastal areas and flood zones under new rules released on Thursday by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the first major...

#15 Top 100 Cities: 6 in 10 Homes in High-Risk Flood Zones Lack Flood Insurance

May 28 2020 // As the Atlantic hurricane season approaches, and central Michigan experiences severe flooding, a new report analyzing 100 of the largest U.S. cities shows where homeowners face the greatest financial risk and exposure to...

#16 Catastrophe Losses Driven Higher by Secondary Perils – And Climate Change

Sep 23 2020 // Secondary perils, exacerbated by climate change, are driving catastrophe insurance losses, warn a growing chorus of reinsurers and brokers. Indeed, broker Aon reveals that more than 60% of 2020’s insured catastrophe...

#17 Federal Flood Insurance Premiums Far From Keeping Up With Expected Losses

Feb 22 2021 // If the nearly 4.3 million residential homes (1-4 units) across the country with substantial flood risk were to be insured through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the NFIP rates would need to increase 4.5 times...

#18 Dueling Storms Marco, Laura Hit Haiti, Dominican, Cuba on Way to Gulf Coast

Aug 23 2020 // SUNDAY, 08/23/2020, 06:23 PM— Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura tore through the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, forcing thousands of coastal residents in Louisiana and Cuba to evacuate and flooding roads...

#19 Tracking Tool Spotlights Repetitive Flood Loss Homes Receiving U.S. Taxpayer Funds

Sep 15 2020 // Passaic County in New Jersey is not in the hurricane belt nor is it on the banks of a major river, and yet 810 properties there received $170 million of taxpayer money through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)...

#20 Causey Re-Elected as North Carolina Insurance Commissioner

Nov 5 2020 // Incumbent Mike Causey, a Republican, has defeated Democrat Wayne Goodwin in the third rematch between the two candidates for the position of North Carolina Insurance Commissioner. The Associated Press reported Wednesday...