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Louisianans urged to buy flood insurance

Posted On Thu, May 27, 2010

As hurricane season approaches, Louisianans are being encouraged by Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon to take necessary precautions to protect themselves and their property.

An above-average Atlantic hurricane season is predicted for 2010, and Louisiana is particularly susceptible these types of natural disasters, as well as flooding, the state's insurance department said. Donelon said that "despite last year's relatively calm hurricane season, Louisiana knows the power a hurricane like Gustav, Rita, or Katrina can have. It is critical that the people of our state protect themselves with flood insurance."

The Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1 and ends on November 30. Fifteen named storms have been predicted, the insurance department said, of which eight are expected to become full-fledged hurricanes.

Out of 1.6 million homes in Louisiana, only a little less than 484,000 have flood insurance, the state's insurance department said. Homeowners can seek protection through private insurance agencies or through the National Flood Insurance Program.

The NFIP provides the highest number of flood insurance policies to homeowners in the U.S. The program, which has been shut down several times, has been extended through May 31. ADNFCR-2297-ID-19805825-ADNFCR

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