House submerged in flood water. Hurricane Harvey 2017, flooding in Spring, Texas, a couple miles north of Houston off East Cypresswood Drive. This house is almost completely submerged from the rain and rising bayou. (Photo: Shutterstock)

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is seeking an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) with changes stemming from lessons learned in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy — including placing “stricter controls” on lawyers defending insurance companies against homeowners and “better oversight of insurance companies participating in the NFIP.”

Senator Schumer, addressing a crowd on Long Island, said, “My message to Congress today is a simple one: it takes just one storm without proper insurance and protection to devastate a coastal community. It is frightening that — just as hurricane season brews in the Atlantic — a crosswind of partisan politics in Congress is putting Long Island and the nation at risk of potentially letting the National Flood Insurance Program expire. Flood insurance should not be political, but right now there are those who would have no issue with letting the NFIP lapse. We are here today to say this simply cannot happen. We cannot and must not allow the National Flood Insurance Program to expire.”

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