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Hurricane Florence Will Likely Expose Flood Insurance Gaps

The number of Americans with flood insurance is on the rise, yet Hurricane Florence is likely to make it painfully clear that too many homeowners in the Carolinas and other vulnerable regions remain unprotected. An analysis of federal flood insurance …

Wisconsin Flood Damage Estimated to be $209M

Damage estimates are soaring in southern Wisconsin after weeks of severe flooding and storms destroyed pavement and damaged hundreds of homes. Here’s a look at where things stand: Gov. Scott Walker said the flooding and storms that began on Aug. …

Wisconsin Bowling Industry Impacted by Floods, Closures

Bowling pins topple, teeter, spin and fly. But this summer they’ve also been charred by flames and soaked with floodwater, while others are headed into retirement. In July, fire destroyed the Friendship Bar & Bowl in Adams County. Meanwhile, in …

Flood Damage Caused by Hurricane Harvey Boosts Insurance in Texas

Little more than two months before Hurricane Harvey slammed the Gulf Coast of Texas, Alberto Castaneda let his home’s flood insurance lapse. He had never filed a claim on the policy in 10 years and he needed the extra cash …

Residents Begin Cleanup After Iowa Flooding

Residents in the Des Moines, iowa, area are cleaning up after deadly floods destroyed homes and submerged cars, while officials work to tally up the full extent of the damage. Heavy rains over the weekend forced the evacuation of numerous …

Wisconsin Residents Remember Flood 10 Years Later

Ten years ago, southern Wisconsin was a wet mess. Dams failed, roads washed out, basements filled, businesses were lost, levees were breached and farmland flooded. The most dramatic event happened the day before when Lake Delton drained into the Wisconsin …

Second 1000 Year Flood in 2 Years Worries Maryland Town’s Residents

After yet another devastating flash flood ripped apart their historic Maryland mill town, hundreds of residents and business owners are again asking themselves: Should I stay or should I go? Some business owners in picturesque Ellicott City – established in …

Montana Floodwaters Submerge Neighborhood

Montana authorities ordered the evacuation of 60 homes Tuesday as the rising Clark Fork River submerged a neighborhood west of Missoula and potentially threatened hundreds of additional residences. The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office issued the evacuation order for the houses …

Officials in Harvey-Hit County Pick August for Flood Control Bond Vote

Officials in the Texas county hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey voted on Tuesday to request that an August special election be set for a bond referendum in which residents could be asked to approve as much as $2.5 billion to …

Commentary: Disasters Cost More as We Insure Them Less

Last year was the second-costliest year for disasters since 1970, according to a new analysis from reinsurance firm Swiss Re AG. Global economic losses from these events reached $337 billion in 2017, behind only 2011’s total losses, and less than …