Why Coastal Insurance Costs are Rising
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The insurance system has been strained by huge payouts after devastating storms. So many American homeowners in flood-prone areas are facing more expensive insurance premiums.
Filer: “Particularly post-Katrina and post-Sandy, now, insurers are going back in and reevaluating the risk and that’s why we’re starting to see the increases in insurance.”
That’s Larry Filer with the Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency at Old Dominion University.
He says the payouts required after huge storms have strained the National Flood Insurance Program, so premiums are going up, especially for homes in flood zones. As sea levels rise, flooding is likely to get much worse, and costs to protect and repair coastal homes will increase.
For the homes at greatest risk, insurance could become unaffordable, and cities may face hard decisions about how to sustain their shoreline communities, and what to do when the cost is too high.
Filer: “The biggest fear and the biggest concern is that you wake up one day and you realize in your city that you have a large swath of properties that are uninsurable.”