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Ruling Exposes Gov’t to $1.6B In Damages Because of Hurricane Harvey Flooding

A federal court in late October found the US government liable for $455,000 in damages to six claimants whose homes were flooded by water backed up behind two dams near Houston during Hurricane Harvey — but that’s just for starters. …

Alaska Village Resists Despite Climate, Flooding Threats

Search online for the little town of Shishmaref and you’ll see homes perilously close to the ocean, and headlines that warn this Native community in western Alaska is on the verge of disappearing. Climate change is partially to blame for …

California Updating Tsunami Hazard Maps for Seven Counties

The California Geological Survey has released updated tsunami hazard maps for seven counties to help users determine whether they are in areas at risk for inundation and for planning. The revised interactive maps released Friday cover San Diego, Santa Cruz, …

NFIP Now Providing Advance Payments for Flooded Policyholders Who Apply

The National Flood Insurance Program has approved a waiver that will allow some policyholders flooded by Hurricane Ian to receive advance payments of as much as $20,000 – with few strings attached. “The payments will get to the customer, but …

Alaska Landslide Damages 3 Homes, Destroys Pickup

A landslide triggered by record rainfall significantly damaged three homes, prompted the evacuation of about a dozen residents and caused power outages in downtown Juneau, Alaska’s capital city. Geological assessment teams determined that favorable weather has returned the threat level …

Flood Waters Receding After Storm Batters Western Alaska

Floodwaters were receding in parts of western Alaska battered by the worst storm in a half century, leaving behind debris flung by powerful Bering Sea waves into beaches and seaside communities. The remnants of Typhoon Merbok were weakening as the …

Climate Change Is Overwhelming U.S. Flood Maps, FEMA Head Says

Flood maps used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency are out of date and understate the risks to homes and businesses from flooding and extreme rain triggered by climate change, FEMA Director Deanne Criswell said. Those risks are in focus …

Northwest Georgia Loses Water Service After Flooding

Officials continued to scramble this week to restore water service in parts of a northwest Georgia county after flash flooding submerged pumps and flooded buildings. Chattooga County officials said water for 8,000 customers in Summerville, Menlo and surrounding areas remained …

NYT Piece Calls out ‘Summer of Climate Disasters’

Insurance professionals in the alternative energies sector may want to take note of a recent Bloomberg opinion piece that focuses on supply chain and supply chain risks due to rising energy costs. It calls 2022 “a blockbuster year for energy …

Jackson Businesses Lost Water and Customers But Insurance Probably Won’t Cover

As they learned with the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, establishments that lost water service in troubled Jackson, Mississippi, this month are finding that their business interruption insurance policies won’t always help pay for lost customers and lost revenue. “Most coverage is …