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America’s Flood Insurance Program Is Utterly Broken, Again

In the wake of the unprecedented hurricanes that have slammed the Caribbean, Gulf, and southeast US, a litany of grim stats have begun to emerge that show the scale of their destruction. Tens of thousands of damaged cars litter the Houston area. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, at least 190 schools in Harvey’s path have been damaged, displacing more than 15,000 students. In Florida alone, 6.2 million people were without power Sunday night.

But some are worried about a slightly hidden statistic: The number of properties covered by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) hit by Harvey and Irma. Beyond the physical damage, the hurricanes may prompt a long-delayed showdown in Congress over one of the country’s most important but most dysfunctional tools for responding to disasters. …

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