Flood in­surance ex­ten­sion OK’d

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING -

About the same time Hur­ri­cane Alex made land­fall Wed­nes­day night, the U.S. Se­nate passed a tem­po­rary ex­ten­sion of the Na­tional Flood In­surance Pro­gram. The U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives al­ready passed a bill to ex­tend the pro­gram.

The pro­gram was ex­tended un­til Sept. 30, and the cov­er­age was made retroac­tive as of May 31.

Flood in­surance is im­por­tant be­cause it is nec­es­sary if a con­sumer wants to buy wind­storm and other types of in­surance. Also, storm surges are cov­ered by flood in­surance.

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