Survey on Urban Flooding

The University of Maryland and Texas A&M – Galveston is conducting a scoping study to determine the extent, consequences/magnitude, and possible mitigation measures for urban flooding in the United States. They ask that you complete the following survey, you can help them increase the number of respondents to a point where they are able to give decision makers a true picture of the urban flooding challenge.

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes of your time. It is not asking you for detailed information, but for a general assessment of the problems you, as practitioners, are encountering and the approaches you believe are most appropriate to deal with urban flooding.

They ask that you complete the survey by 16 October. There is a place in the survey where you can indicate that you would like to receive a copy of the report when it is completed.


Policyholder Protection Extended


New Louisiana Emergency Rule Extends Flood-Impacted Policyholder Protection

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says a new emergency rule extends the time in which policyholders affected by August 2016 flooding have to comply with insurance policy provisions.

Emergency Rule 33 continues the provisions of previously issued Emergency Rules 28, 30 and 32 which suspend the ability of insurers to cancel or terminate policies due to the inability of policyholders in federal declared disaster areas to comply with certain policy provisions during the state of emergency. For example, some policies might require habitation or occupancy of dwellings or similar provisions that are not reasonably feasible to comply with following the catastrophic flooding.

The Emergency Rule includes the following provisions for the period Aug. 12, 2016, through Aug. 14, 2017:

  • The emergency rule applies to all insurers regarding all types of homeowners and/or residential property insurance, commercial insurance, fire and extended coverage insurance, credit property and casualty insurance, property and casualty insurance and surplus lines insurance.
  • The Emergency Rule applies to insureds living in Acadia, Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermilion, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana. All of those parishes were included in the federal disaster declaration following the August 2016 flood events.

Source: Louisiana Department of Insurance

Louisiana Renters with Tornado Damage May be Eligible for Federal Help

Release date: 
February 24, 2017
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BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana renters who experienced losses due to the February tornadoes that damaged Livingston and Orleans parishes may be eligible for disaster recovery assistance from FEMA and the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA).

Renters may be eligible for grants from FEMA to help with such disaster-related expenses as:

  • Renting a new residence because the renter’s previous home is uninhabitable due to the tornadoes.
  • Disaster-related medical and dental expenses.
  • Replacement or repair of necessary personal property lost or damaged in the tornadoes. This includes appliances and furniture, textbooks and computers used by students and work equipment and tools used by the self-employed.
  • Repair or replacement of vehicles damaged by the disaster.

FEMA grants are not loans and do not have to be repaid. The grants are nontaxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid, welfare assistance, SNAP benefits and several other programs.