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NFIP Claims in Wake of Louisiana Flooding Are Rising

The latest numbers indicate that more than 25,000 National Flood Insurance Program claims had been filed in Louisiana’s devastating flood event..
August 24, 2016

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The latest numbers indicate that more than 25,000 National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) claims had been filed in Louisiana’s devastating flood event.

Statewide, 21 percent of homeowners had flood insurance as of July 2015, according to the Louisiana Department of Insurance, and 12 percent of the roughly 138,000 homes in Baton Rouge were covered. That leaves many residents relying on FEMA grants, which can be used for temporary lodging, home repairs and personal items.

Roughly 45 percent of homeowners in high-hazard zones in Louisiana have flood insurance, said FEMA spokesman Rafael Lemaitre. In areas where flooding is considered a low to moderate risk, only about 12 percent do, he said.