Millions of American property owners get flood insurance from the federal government, and a lot of them get a hefty discount. But over the past decade, the government has paid out huge amounts of money after floods, and the flood insurance program is deeply in the red.
Congress tried to fix that in 2012 by passing a law to raise insurance premiums. Now that move has created such uproar among property owners that Congress is trying to make the law it passed disappear.
The Lyon County Fiscal Court plans to repeal its flood insurance map ordinance because it’s causing a burden to some homeowners. The ordinance that went into effect in August includes the county for the first time in the National Flood Insurance Program, allowing property owners to get flood insurance and qualify for federal disaster relief.