Flood Insurance

Disaster relief bill clears major hurdle in Senate

A House-passed bill aimed at helping communities impacted by a string of recent natural disasters cleared a key hurdle in the Senate on Monday …

FEMA

The Latest: Senate sets up disaster aid vote for Tuesday

The Latest on a $36.5 billion hurricane relief package (all times EDT):<p>p.m.<p>The Senate has given a preliminary OK to a $36.5 billion hurricane relief …

Business

Is Your Home Ready for Climate Change?

Hurricane Harvey wasn’t even a blip on the radar when Houston, Texas resident Jason Rinaldo went shopping for a home last year. Still, climate change …

Home Ownership

Disaster Program Issues Loom Over Future Aid

As lawmakers dole out millions for Texas and Puerto Rico, oversight problems remain<p>As lawmakers shuttle multiple supplemental spending packages …

Politics

Many Trump voters who got hurricane relief in Texas aren’t sure Puerto Ricans should

HOUSTON — Sitting on Mary Maddox’s back porch, which flooded with 22 inches of water when Hurricane Harvey hit nearly two months ago, is a Lady of the Night plant from Puerto Rico that a friend gave her. Ever since Hurricane Maria ravaged the island, she says, she has paused at the blooming plant …

U.S. Politics

Ambler man charged with stealing FEMA Sandy funds

A Montgomery County man was charged Wednesday in federal court with using phony documents to collect more than $250,000 in FEMA-backed disaster …

Wells Fargo

Costly hurricanes raise questions about the future of federal flood insurance

An unprecedented wave of destructive hurricanes has brought the long-struggling federal flood insurance program to the brink.<p>Now Congress faces tough questions about whether to again bail out the nearly 50-year-old program and how to implement reforms to make it more sustainable, secure and …

NRDC

As Irma Approaches, Congress Moves to Cancel Federal Flood Insurance For Homeowners

Weinstein Makes Trump’s Debauchery Look Like ‘Child’s Play’ (VIDEO/TWEET)<p>Published<p>5 days ago<p>on<p>Oct 17, 2017<p>Ever since the news broke that megaproducer …

Harvey Weinstein

City Beautiful?

Following the destruction of Hurricane Irma, the mayor and commissioners of Coral Gables publicly attacked and filed a lawsuit against FPL for not …

Opinion

1"+ Rain by Sunday - 70F Weather Late Next Week - Fire Threat Peaks Across California

No awards for beauty or splendor this weekend, but again, remind me not to complain. Over 1" of rain may fall before skies dry out behind a cool …

Weather

Distressed Investors Are Already Buying Houston Homes for 40 Cents on the Dollar

Bryan Schild drives through the byways of Houston looking for what could be the investment opportunity of a lifetime: homes selling for as little as …

Business

69 Republicans vote against aid for Puerto Rico, other disaster sites

Legislation to provide $36.5 billion in aid for communities affected by recent wildfires and hurricanes, including Puerto Rico, secured widespread …

Puerto Rico

Storm-Rocked Flood Insurance Plan Could Go Broke Week After Next

The U.S. National Flood Insurance Program, struggling with the costs of this year’s record hurricane season, will run out of money as early as Oct. …

Business

Few Puerto Rican households had flood insurance. They can’t afford it

One of the most eye-opening statistics in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria’s roar through here is that there were just 5,675 federal flood insurance …

Insurance

Can Your Finances Handle a Natural Disaster?

A few days before Hurricane Irma made landfall on the U.S. mainland, the powerful storm was forecast to strike the southeast coast of Florida, where my wife and I are raising our young family. While both my wife and I are South Florida natives and therefore familiar with the usual threats of …

Hurricane Irma

Trump Administration Calls for Fixes to Federal Flood Insurance

Proposal could end coverage for frequently flooded properties that are drain on program<p>The Trump Administration wants to give the federal flood insurance program the authority to stop providing coverage for frequently flooded properties.<p>The plan, tucked this week inside the administration’s request …

News (U.S.)

With Harvey behind it, Houston still has a long way to go

It's easy to forget it's only been six weeks since a megastorm slammed into the Gulf Coast of Texas.<p>Unless, of course, you live there -- in which case, forgetting is hard.<p>Life hasn't returned to normal for thousands of Houston residents, and the tasks ahead are daunting.<p>"We have to be realistic …

Insurance

Trump to Ask Congress for Nearly $30 Billion in Disaster Assistance

President Donald Trump is expected to ask Congress for $29 billion in disaster assistance Wednesday, with the bulk of the funds going toward …

FEMA

Business Highlights

Damage from US hurricanes to blur Friday's Sept. jobs report<p>WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's September jobs report will provide a blurrier-than-usual snapshot of the economy. With Harvey and Irma having inflicted destruction on Florida, Texas and other parts of the Southeast, thousands of …

Business

Trump compares Puerto Rico death toll with 'real catastrophe like Katrina'

Touring a small slice of Hurricane Maria's devastation, President Donald Trump congratulated Puerto Rico on Tuesday for escaping the higher death toll of "a real catastrophe like Katrina" and heaped praise on the relief efforts of his administration without mentioning the sharp criticism the …

Puerto Rico

Politics and Government

3 Hours Ago<p>The House speaker joins a growing chorus of Republican lawmakers who want to examine the bump stock device used in the massacre.<p>5 Hours Ago<p>…

FEMA

Trump to ask Congress for $29B for disaster aid: report

The Trump administration is preparing to ask Congress to pass a $29 billion disaster aid plan that includes $16 billion for flood insurance claims …

Puerto Rico

Almost no Puerto Rican households had flood insurance and Trump killed Obama’s flood protection rule

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — One of the most eye-opening statistics in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria’s roar through here is that there were just 5,675 …

Liberal View

US House panel approves a mere $36.5 billion for flood insurance, three hurricanes and California wildfires

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee has approved $36.5 billion in emergency funding for relief and recovery from the recent …

Liberal View

How To Clean Up After A Hurricane

Storm cleanup is far more serious than a regular flood.<p>If your basement has ever flooded, you know how challenging and stressful the cleanup can be. From soaked carpets to ruined personal items, water damage is a notorious homeowner headache. But unfortunately, the flooding experienced from a …

Insurance

Flooded homeowner sues Chase Bank for advising against buying flood insurance

Deola Ali bought a house in Kingwood six years ago and didn't buy flood insurance because his mortgage broker said he didn't need it because it …

Insurance

Should I Buy An Investment Property In A Flood Zone?

Through late August and into early September, Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4, devastated parts of Texas and Louisiana. Next, it was Irma, a Category 5 hurricane, that hit numerous islands off the coast of the Southeastern United States, eventually making landfall in Florida. That same week, …

Insurance

Why do people leave New Orleans? | NOLA.com

Flood Insurance Flood Insurance<p><i>GNO Inc.'s Michael Hecht speaks to the press after an update on the implementation of the Homeowner Flood Insurance</i> …

New Orleans

Congress passes aviation, hurricane tax relief bill

WASHINGTON – Congress passed a bill Thursday to avoid a partial shutdown of federal aviation programs and provide tax relief for hurricane victims.<p>The measure now goes to President Donald Trump to sign. The bill extends the operating authority of the Federal Aviation Administration through March. …

Business

Senate may rework House-passed FAA bill to strip flood insurance language

The Senate will likely rework an aviation bill passed in the House in order to strip out controversial flood insurance provisions, after the lower …

Insurance