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National Flood Insurance Program Gets One Step Closer to Renewal

by Locke Lord LLP on

This week, the 21st Century Flood Reform Act (H.R. 2874) passed the House of Representatives and is now headed to the Senate. H.R. 2874 would renew the National Flood Insurance Program (“NFIP”) for an additional 5 years...more

National Flood Insurance Program Is Relieved Of $16 Billion Debt

by Carlton Fields on

On October 26, 2017, President Donald Trump signed H.R. 2266, a disaster relief bill. Pursuant to section 308 of the bill, the Department of the Treasury will forgive $16 billion in debt owed by FEMA under the National Flood...more

Miami Voters Approve "Sea Level Rise" Bond Initiative

Yesterday, Miami voters approved a $400 million dollar general obligation bond initiative with nearly half of the bond money ($192 million) going toward infrastructure projects to specifically, “Reduce Flooding Risks; Improve...more

Claims Stemming from Government Regulated Flooding After Hurricane Harvey

by Zelle LLP on

In August, Hurricane Harvey directly hit the city of Houston, leaving substantial wind and flood damage in its wake. Many home and business owners who avoided flood damage breathed a sigh of relief on August 28 when the...more

In Re: Hurricane Harvey, Inverse Condemnation And Potential Subrogation Actions

by Cozen O'Connor on

I. OVERVIEW - On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas as a Category 4 Atlantic hurricane. It then stalled over Houston. After landfall, winds diminished but precipitation did not, and over...more

National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorized Through December 8, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

On September 8, 2017, Congress passed legislation extending the National Flood Insurance Program until December 8, 2017. The program was set to expire at the end of September. ...more

Washed Away: What Rights Do You Have When Your Home is Flooded?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Bill Deron bought a 100-acre tract next to a creek outside the City of Houston. Deron planned to build a subdivision where some of the homes abut a creek. The other homes would sit about 15 feet higher than the creekside...more

Common Law/Clean Water Act Action: Lawrence County Landowners Lawsuit Challenging Lawrence County, Arkansas Bridge

A group of landowners and farmers (collectively “landowners”) filed an October 10th lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas against Lawrence County, Arkansas. See No. :...more

With most businesses back after Harvey & Irma, what to know about what comes next: legal restoration

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

This blog post is the first in a three part series. The next posts will cover Business Interruption Coverage and Reinsurance. Business owners affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma spent the first few days and weeks...more

Forecast for a Political Storm Over Possible Changes to National Flood Insurance Program

by Locke Lord LLP on

This hurricane season cut a wide swath of devastation through the Southeastern United States, dealing another blow to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which faces the risk of significant debt in light of the...more

Flood Exclusion Unambiguously Excludes Coverage For $49.5M In Hurricane Sandy Losses Caused By Storm Surge

by Cozen O'Connor on

Cozen O’Connor attorneys Thomas McKay III, Richard Mackowsky, Charles Jesuit, and Melissa Brill recently secured summary judgment from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in favor of Great...more

Steps For Government Contractors To Take After Hurricanes

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The aftermath of a hurricane is a difficult time for many in the affected areas, and government contractors are no exception. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused terrible damage in Texas and Florida, claiming lives and...more

Eastern District of New York Upholds Flood Exclusion in Superstorm Sandy Case

Nearly five years after Superstorm Sandy, some consistent themes are beginning to emerge from the increasingly robust body of property coverage case law related to the storm. A recent decision from the Eastern District of New...more

Hurricane Harvey: Triple Landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast

by Wilson Elser on

While Hurricane Harvey will be remembered in the Texas Coastal Bend area for its punishing high winds, it is the days of rainfall and the historic flooding that will make Harvey the most destructive and expensive natural...more

Civil Authority Coverage in the Wake of Harvey and Irma

by Zelle LLP on

As the category 4 Hurricane Harvey approached the Texas Gulf Coast, many areas evacuated in preparation for the storm. And in the wake of the hurricane and the widespread flooding that followed, additional evacuations and...more

Hurricanes, Floods, Tornadoes, And Power Loss: What’s A Government Contractor To Do? Act Now Under Your Contract, While You Fix...

The aftermath of a hurricane is a difficult time for many in the affected areas, and government contractors are no exception. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused terrible damage in Texas and Florida, claiming lives and...more

Hurricanes and Flooding: Surely EPA Regulations are Suspended?!

by Williams Mullen on

It seems to happen every year. A natural disaster disrupts fall football season, and interstates are full of evacuees gobbling up hotel rooms and squatting in the nearest safety zones. In those times, no one ever thinks of...more

Commercial Leases Underwater from Harvey

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Because of Hurricane Harvey, oil and gas production company Gonzales Energy and its owner Paunscho are treading water. Rising hurricane flood waters destroyed his files, water-logged his computers and ruined office equipment...more

Rain, Rain, Go Away, Don’t Flood Again in Texas Any Day

by Zelle LLP on

In 2001, Houston, Texas was in the path of the slow-moving, rain-heavy Tropical Storm Allison. That storm caused extensive flooding in downtown Houston and surrounding areas, ultimately dropping over 40 inches of rain in...more

Is There a Silver Lining with Hurricane Irma?

by Wilson Elser on

On September 10-11, 2017, Florida was pounded by Hurricane Irma. It appears that only northwest Florida was spared the wrath of this storm. Landfall occurred near Cudjoe Key in south Florida and for the next 24 hours the...more

Mind the Gap! Hurricanes may have significant impact on Gap coverage

by Locke Lord LLP on

Some estimates peg the number of cars flooded by Hurricane Harvey at more than a half million. So too, the number of flooded cars following Irma will be legion. This significant loss will likely lead to a significant...more

Potential Remedy for Addicks & Barker Reservoir Release Victims

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, settling in the lower Texas gulf coast and inundating southeast Texas with almost 50 inches of water over a four-day period. The storm caused...more

Land Use Lessons from the Eye of the Hurricane

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

As I write this article, powerful Hurricane Irma is bearing down on Florida, and Hurricane Jose is close behind it, farther out in the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricane Irma has already devastated parts of the Caribbean Islands, and...more

US: Temporary Extension of the NFIP in wake of Hurricane Harvey

by Hogan Lovells on

On September 8th, just days after Hurricane Harvey decimated the Houston metropolitan area, and while many Florida residents were evacuating as Hurricane Irma approached, President Trump signed into law the Continuing...more

Senate Passes Bill Proposing Three Month NFIP Extension

by Locke Lord LLP on

On Friday, September 7th, the Senate passed a bill increasing the disaster aid within the National Flood Insurance Program (the “NFIP”) to $15 billion. The NFIP was initially established in 1968 to provide flood coverage to...more

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