A Broke, and Broken, Flood Insurance Program

Photo: David Clutter in front of his home in Long Beach, N.Y. After Hurricane Sandy, he had to take out a third mortgage to repair the foundation because the National Flood Insurance Program denied his claim. Greg Miller for The New York Times

In August, when Hurricane Harvey was bearing down on Texas, David Clutter was in court, trying one more time to make his insurer pay his flood claim — from Hurricane Sandy, five years before. Mr. Clutter’s insurer is the federal government. As it resists his claims, he has been forced to take out a third mortgage on his house in Long Beach, N.Y., to pay for repairs to make it habitable for his wife and three children.

He owes more than the house is worth, and his flood-insurance premiums just went up. The government-run National Flood Insurance Program is, for now, virtually the only source of flood insurance for more than five million households in the United States.

graph: A Broke, and Broken, Flood Insurance Program
By The New York Times | Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency. Note: Paid flood loss claims for 2017 are estimated.

This hurricane season, as tens of thousands of Americans seek compensation for storm-inflicted water damage, they face a problem: The flood insurance program is broke and broken. The program, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has been in the red since Hurricane Katrina flooded New […]

A Broke, and Broken, Flood Insurance Program
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A Broke, and Broken, Flood Insurance Program
Hurricane Harvey was aiming at Texas, but David Clutter was in court trying to make his flood insurance pay his claim from Hurricane Sandy - 5 years before.
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