Hurricane Ian floods leave mess, insurance questions behind

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By REBECCA SANTANA and MICHAEL PHILLIS
Associated Press

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) – Christine Barrett and her family had to climb on top of their kitchen cabinets because of flooding that surged into their house during Hurricane Ian.

They put water wings on their 1-year-old, and were rescued by boat the next day.

Their community of North Port is about 5 miles inland. And the Barretts — like many neighbors — live in areas where flood insurance isn’t required. And therefore they don’t have it.

Now many wonder how they’ll afford much-needed repairs.

There are concerns that not enough people nationally have flood insurance at a time when climate change is believed to be making storms wetter.

The Insurance Information Institute says only about 4% of homeowners nationwide have flood insurance, although 90% of catastrophes in the U.S. involve flooding.

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10/7/2022 6:33:09 AM (GMT -5:00)

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