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Owners Find Insurance Inadequate to Cover Demolition of Buildings Destroyed by Riots

Some commercial property owners whose businesses were torched by rioters are learning that they don’t have enough insurance to clear away the debris. The StarTribune newspaper reported Monday that many property owners in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area purchased policies that …

Wildfire Debris Removal Halted Due to Unstable Rain-Saturated Slopes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — State officials have halted debris removal on Northern California hills scarred by a deadly wildfire because of rain-saturated, unstable slopes. Work crews and truck drivers removing debris in Paradise have been idled at least until March 19, …

Florida Sinkhole Gets Bigger, 2 More Homes Condemned

Officials in Florida said Saturday a sinkhole that swallowed two homes last month is growing. Pasco County officials during a news conference that a large chunk of the hole’s edge has collapsed. Two more homes in Land O’Lakes, a Tampa …

California High Court Upholds Regulation Requiring Accurate Insurer Home Replacement Estimates

The California Supreme Court on Monday upheld a state regulation that aims to give homeowners a more accurate insurance quote for replacing homes destroyed or damaged in wildfires. The state’s insurance commissioner had the power to issue the 2011 regulation, …

Georgia County Owes FEMA Nearly $558,000

A federal audit says Cobb County, Ga., must repay about $558,000 it received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after a severe storm in 2009. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the audit found the county received dual payments from insurance and …

Connecticut Hoarder Crushed to Death Under Debris

A Connecticut woman described by police as an apparent hoarder was crushed to death when a floor piled with clutter collapsed into her basement, medical officials said Tuesday. The state chief medical examiner’s office said 66-year-old Beverly Mitchell died of …

Arkansas Hotel Owner Given 60 Days to Clean Fire Debris

The owner of the Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs, Ark., has been given 60 days to clean up the rubble left over from a fire that destroyed a large part of hotel complex in February. The Arkansas Department of Environmental …

Disaster Declaration for Deadly Washington Landslide

President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster for damage caused by a deadly landslide in Washington state and officials say those affected should begin registering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency immediately. The declaration makes programs available to help …

Louisiana Parish Denies Allegations Over Gustav Cleanup

Attorneys say the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s threat to have Livingston Parish’s Hurricane Gustav debris removal monitors investigated for fraud is “gratuitous” and “improper.” FEMA has alleged that monitors hired by the parish to oversee the removal of leaning trees …

FEMA Approves $1M for South Dakota Blizzard Debris Removal

State officials say the Federal Emergency Management Agency will award more than $1 million to the city of Rapid City for debris clean-up from an October blizzard. Public Safety Secretary Trevor Jones says the public-assistance funds are being provided to …