FEMA http://wrkf.org en FEMA Flood Insurance Law Faces Partial Repeal Over Premiums http://wrkf.org/post/fema-flood-insurance-law-faces-partial-repeal-over-premiums The House is expected to vote as early as next week to partially repeal a 2012 law that overhauled the National Flood Insurance Program, which is tens of billions of dollars in debt.<p>The law was meant to make people living in flood-prone areas foot more of the insurance bill. But lawmakers didn't realize how many homeowners would be affected — or how hard they'd be hit.<p>You can find some of those homeowners in Bayou Gauche, about 30 miles west of New Orleans.<p>Like other parts of South Louisiana, this small community is below sea level. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 08:26:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 23115 at http://wrkf.org FEMA Flood Insurance Law Faces Partial Repeal Over Premiums Federal Flood Insurance Program Drowning In Debt. Who Will Pay? http://wrkf.org/post/federal-flood-insurance-program-drowning-debt-who-will-pay Millions of American property owners get flood insurance from the federal government, and a lot of them get a hefty discount. But over the past decade, the government has paid out huge amounts of money after floods, and the flood insurance program is deeply in the red.<p>Congress tried to fix that in 2012 by passing a law to raise insurance premiums. Now <em>that</em> move has created such uproar among property owners that Congress is trying to make the law it passed disappear.<p>Caught in the middle is the <a href="http://www.fema.gov/">Federal Emergency Management Agency</a>. Wed, 01 Jan 2014 08:03:00 +0000 Christopher Joyce 20748 at http://wrkf.org Federal Flood Insurance Program Drowning In Debt. Who Will Pay? Louisiana Lawmakers Push FEMA To Revamp Flood Maps http://wrkf.org/post/louisiana-lawmakers-push-fema-revamp-flood-maps <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wwno/audio/2013/08/FlemingFloodInsuranceWEB.mp3" class="asset-audio">Louisiana delegation wants changes in FEMA flood maps they say could cause premiums to skyrocket.</a><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wwno/files/styles/card_280/public/201308/Landrieu_FEMA_Visit.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisiana public officials are launching a bipartisan battle to revamp proposed changes to the <a href="http://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program" target="_blank">National Flood Insurance Program</a>. The administrator evaluating the objections was taken on a helicopter tour of coastal regions possibly facing steep premium hikes.</span><p> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 19:27:49 +0000 Eileen Fleming 14613 at http://wrkf.org ProPublica: FEMA Flood Maps Fraught with Error http://wrkf.org/post/propublica-fema-flood-maps-fraught-error <p>The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued new preliminary flood maps.</p><p><a href="http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/07/sen_landrieu_and_rep_richmond.html" target="_blank">Louisiana’s delegation in Washington, D.C. is griping </a>over FEMA’s disregard of local flood protection measures when it drew them.</p><p>Meanwhile, unless Congress succeeds in passing a delay, federal flood insurance rates are set to go up dramatically as soon as October. Many in Louisiana are facing increases of 20 percent or more.</p><p>And, as <a href="http://www.propublica.org" target="_blank">ProPublica</a> reporter Theo Meyer has found, some may end up paying for insurance they don’t need.</p><p><strong>Read the ProPublica article: <a href="http://www.propublica.org/article/using-outdated-data-fema-is-wrongly-placing-homeowners-in-flood-zones" target="_blank">Using Outdated Data, FEMA Is Wrongly Placing Homeowners in Flood Zones</a></strong></p><p><strong>Share your story: <a href="http://www.propublica.org/getinvolved/item/do-you-know-about-problems-with-femas-flood-mapping" target="_blank">Tell ProPublica About Flood Map Problems Where You Live</a></strong></p><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 21:00:40 +0000 Amy Jeffries 14490 at http://wrkf.org ProPublica: FEMA Flood Maps Fraught with Error US Senate Committee Reconsiders Flood Insurance Hikes http://wrkf.org/post/us-senate-committee-reconsiders-flood-insurance-hikes <p>Louisianians may find solace from impending increases in flood insurance rates as Sen. Mary Landrieu’s bill to prevent those hikes heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration at its Thursday meeting.</p><p>Landrieu chairs the <a href="http://www.appropriations.senate.gov/sc-homeland-security.cfm">Homeland Security Subcommittee of Appropriations</a>, which passed the bill to the larger body Tuesday.</p><p>The measures are included in the Homeland Security Appropriations bill for next fiscal year. Called the Strengthen, Modernize and Reform the National Flood Insurance Program, or SMART NFIP, the bill would postpone parts of last year’s <a href="http://www.fema.gov/flood-insurance-reform-act-2012">Biggert-Waters Act</a>.</p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:18:04 +0000 Kelly Connelly 13434 at http://wrkf.org FEMA Assistance Registration Deadline Approaches http://wrkf.org/post/fema-assistance-registration-deadline-approaches <p>Louisiana homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage after Hurricane Isaac have only three days left to register with FEMA for disaster assistance. Thursday is also the day the state’s two remaining Disaster Recovery Centers will close.</p><p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 18:57:55 +0000 Ashley Westerman 2750 at http://wrkf.org FEMA Opens Nearly 20 Disaster Recovery Centers After Issac http://wrkf.org/post/fema-opens-nearly-20-disaster-recovery-centers-after-issac <p>It's been two weeks since Hurricane Isaac hit Louisiana and FEMA has since opened 18 disaster recovery centers across the state. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Ashley Westerman 1184 at http://wrkf.org