Home owners who live near areas where disasters have struck, but have not been directly impacted by them are still seeing dramatic increases in their insurance premiums.
For example, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, unaffected residents living near the disaster zone still saw big spikes in flood insurance premiums. FEMA has reclassified the area as a high-risk flood zone. As such, some residents in the Valley Stream, Long Island area of New York are seeing their flood insurance rates soar from $400 per year to $3,400.
Home owners living out West are also reporting rising insurance premiums due to recent threats of wildfires. The rise has prompted some home owners to go without coverage.
For example, a 63-year-old Las Vegas man is refusing to evacuate his property near growing wildfires. He’s remaining in his cabin, spraying water to keep the fires from his home, which have come within about 300 feet of the property. The man says he cannot afford homeowner’s insurance because the last wildfire ended up doubling his payments.
Source: “New Flood Insurance Rates Leave Homeowners With Sticker Shock,” AOL Real Estate (July 10, 2013) and “Man Refuses to Evacuate Home on Mount Charleston,” ABC 13 News (Las Vegas) (July 10, 2013)