Miss. flood insurance rates to surge

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Associated Press

Posted on August 19, 2013 at 9:17 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — With the eighth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina near, homeowners along the Mississippi Coast also have to brace for possible rate increases of 20 percent for flood insurance and 3.2 percent for wind pool insurance.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/16W0FV4 ) state Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney is urging residents in flood-prone areas to get flood insurance now because it is set to increase by 20 percent Oct. 1.

National Flood Insurance Program premiums are increasing under legislation Congress passed last year to make up for deficits in the federal program, which is billions in debt.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers from Gulf Coast states, including 4th District Rep. Steven Palazzo, oppose the rate increase and are trying to get it delayed at least a year.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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