flood News

Grants Awarded to New Jersey Residents to Elevate Homes

The Christie Administration has approved dozens of grants to assist homeowners with costs incurred in elevating their homes to protect against future flooding and storms. The 109 Hazard Mitigation Grant program awards were announced Monday. Eligible recipients receive up to …

Tax Credit Considered for Colorado Disaster-Destroyed Homes

Colorado residents who lost their homes in last year’s floods and wildfires still have to pay property taxes, but state lawmakers are trying to change that law. A bill being heard in a House committee Wednesday would give homeowners whose …

CoreLogic Report Highlights Significant U.S. Natural Disasters in 2013

A record low number of natural hazard events and unusual sinkhole activity were the highlights of 2013, according to CoreLogic, a residential property information, analytics and services provider. The company released its annual Natural Hazard Risk Summary and Analysis detailing …

Family Loses Second Home in 9 Years to Disaster

A fire destroyed an Iowa couple’s home and forced them to relocate nine years after a flood made their previous home unlivable. WHO television reports Keith and Judy Steger’s in Delaware County was damaged by fire on Friday after something …

Sandy Damage Survey Report Part One: AIR

Sandy’s diameter made it the largest Atlantic hurricane on record in terms of the span of tropical storm-force winds, according to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide. The huge radius helped to keep the winds at Category 1 intensity and allowed …

Inmate Floods Pennsylvania Juvenile Center with Sprinkler

An inmate flooded part of a western Pennsylvania juvenile detention center and some nearby offices by activating a fire sprinkler in his cell. Westmoreland County officials tell the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the incident happened about 4:30 p.m. Monday at the …

5 Mississippi Flood Home Buyouts Could Come Next Year

Five property owners whose homes were inundated by the spring flood could have their homes bought out by the Mississippi city of Vicksburg next year. The Vicksburg Post reports that the Board of Mayor and Aldermen has authorized Mayor Paul …

Thai Opposition Wants More for Flood Relief

Thailand’s former prime minister added to growing criticism of his successor over her administration’s flood response, saying Wednesday that the government should postpone some promised populist measures to free up money for flood recovery. Abhisit Vejjajiva, whose party lost to …

AIR Worldwide Launches Inland Flood Model for Germany

AIR Worldwide (AIR), a catastrophe risk modeling firm, released an inland flood model for Germany that determines the likelihood of flood losses from all types of storms. The model provides insurers and reinsurers with a tool for managing inland flood …

Feds Agree to Flood Insurance Re-inspections in N.C.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says its flood insurance arm will re-inspect more eastern North Carolina homes and businesses damaged during Hurricane Irene after owners complained claims adjusters weren’t doing a good job. FEMA announced Wednesday the National Flood Insurance …