I ran across two articles in the Insurance Journal that provide some additional insight on non-coastal areas that would benefit from expanding the National Flood Insurance Program to cover wind damage as well as flooding. Given my position the need is inland as well as coastal, the stories on wind damage from Hurricane Gustav in Alexandria, Louisiana and Hurricane Ike in Kentucky caught my eye.
Alexandria is about 150 miles from Morgan City and both are easy to spot on this map of Louisiana.
Officials say Hurricane Gustav inflicted more than $25 million worth of damage in Alexandria, La., when it blew through in early September.
The estimate exceeding more than $25 million does not include damage from wind and falling trees to individual homes nor does it include individuals’ costs related to power outages. (emphasis added)
About half of that amount came from estimated damage caused by roof collapses at the Alexandria Mall during Gustav…
Rebecca Mowbray’s story in the Times Picayune provides information that support for the NFIP expansion – information in quotes from Commissioner Donelon! Continue reading “Significant inland wind damage from Gustav and Ike”