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6.5 Million Homes from Maine to Texas at Risk for Storm Surge: CoreLogic

More than 6.5 million homes along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts are at risk of storm surge inundation, representing nearly $1.5 trillion in total potential reconstruction costs. More than $986 billion of that risk is concentrated within 15 major …

Some Western N.Y. Homeowners Grapple With Flood Damage After Canceling Insurance

Some western New York residents whose homes were damaged by a snow-swollen river this month had only recently cancelled their federal flood insurance policies because of rate increases. About 70 houses in West Seneca, just outside Buffalo, flooded when a …

Massachusetts Congressional Delegation Challenges FEMA’s New Flood Maps

Members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation, led by Congressman Bill Keating, recently sent an open letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The lawmakers argued in their letter that when FEMA established the new flood maps for Massachusetts, it …

Concerns Raised Over FEMA Flood Maps in Maine

Maine communities are criticizing new maps proposed by the federal government that show future flooding risks near the state’s coast that could impact what kind of insurance property owners must buy. The Flood Insurance Rate Maps released in November by …

Stilt Houses in Greenwich, Conn., Foreshadow Impact of New Flood Maps

In the coastal areas of Greenwich, Connecticut, the latest housing craze requires hydraulic jacks, pylons and stilts. One home towers over its neighbors like a cruise ship. Others look like expensive tree houses. “People are stopping in to ask us …

Delaware Towns Worry About Hike in Flood Insurance Cost

Kent County residents and leaders in Delaware are getting their first look at new flood maps and worrying about the impact on flood insurance rates. The News Journal reports that federal officials unveiled new flood maps for Kent County on …

Q&A: A Look at Flood Maps and What They Mean in New Jersey

Earlier in April, the federal government announced that it would not give grants to repair homes badly damaged by Superstorm Sandy unless the owners agreed to make sure they are in compliance with new advisory flood maps. In New Jersey, …

N.J. Gov.: FEMA May Scale Back Hazardous Designations in New Flood Maps

Since shortly after Superstorm Sandy pummeled the Jersey shore last October, homeowners up and down the coast have agonized over whether to raise their homes to survive future storms.And when the federal government issued a revised set of preliminary flood …

New Maps Put 33K More New Jersey Homes in Flood Zones

New Jersey’s adoption of expanded flood maps in the wake of Superstorm Sandy has put more than 33,000 additional residential buildings in flood zones, a nearly 15 percent increase.The disaster recovery plan announced last week by the Christie administration shows …

New FEMA Flood Maps for NYC Include WTC Site

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released new advisory maps for Manhattan that include the World Trade Center site in the zone seen as most at risk for flooding during a powerful coastal storm.The maps released this week were in …