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The South Florida Roundup

What's The Future Of The National Flood Insurance Program?

Carl Juste
Miami Herald
The National Flood Insurance Program has been tapped for years because of rising seas, river flooding and hurricanes. Congress passed bills this week to extend the program for another nine months.

Congress has passed two spending bills to fund the federal government. President Donald Trump is expected to sign them, avoiding a shutdown.

One provision in those bills is a reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program. With the president's approval, the program will be extended through Sept. 30, 2020.

While the insurance program will continue for now, its future is in jeopardy: It's more than $20 billion in debt. Premiums are too low, and there are people who probably should be paying into the pool who aren’t.

The South Florida Roundup delved into the issue. Host Jessica Bakeman talked about where NFIP now stands with Tom Frank, who covers the environment for E&E News, and WLRN’s environmental reporter Jenny Staletovich.

Jessica Bakeman is senior editor for news at WLRN, South Florida's NPR member station. Previously, Bakeman served as WLRN's education reporter for four years. Bakeman was awarded the 2020 Journalist of the Year award from the Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Alexander Gonzalez produces the afternoon newscasts airing during All Things Considered. He enjoys helping tell the South Florida story through audio and digital platforms. Alex is interested in a little of everything from business to culture to politics.