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FEMA Gives Texans More Time to File Flood Claims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced it will provide National Flood Insurance Program policyholders in Texas an additional six months to file a proof of loss claim, following recent flooding...
June 3, 2015

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced it will provide National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders in Texas an additional six months to file a proof of loss claim, following recent flooding. Policyholders normally have 60 days to submit a proof of loss, but with the FEMA extension, policyholders will have 240 days, or through January 2016, to file claims. Brad Kieserman, deputy associate administrator for insurance at FEMA, said, "We anticipate that this additional 180-day extension will allow policyholders time to present their claims. FEMA will continue to monitor claim activity to determine whether further extensions may be warranted."

Federal figures show that the number of flood insurance policies in Texas has declined in recent years, and Insurance Council of Texas spokesperson Mark Hanna thinks "less than half of the homeowners affected had flood insurance."

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