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Sen. Nelson Voices Concern As Most Irma Flood Claims Reportedly Get Denied

Lake Jesup is part of the St. Johns River, the state's longest river. The river flooded after Irma. Photo by Amy Green

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Sen. Bill Nelson is expressing concern as the National Flood Insurance Program reportedly has denied payments on some 90 percent of claims after Irma.

Nelson also raised alarm that a top leader of the National Flood Insurance Program once worked as an executive for a subcontractor accused of low-balling claims after Superstorm Sandy.

The central Florida Democrat expressed the concerns in a letter to the top administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

He called for more details on new safeguards aimed at protecting flood insurance claims from fraud after a busy hurricane season that has included Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate.

The Palm Beach Post reports some $72 million in payments have been made on flood insurance claims. Many more claims remain. Only 8 percent have been resolved.


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Amy Green covers the environment for 90.7 News. She is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a regular contributor for NPR, PEOPLE, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and many other top news organizations. Her in-progress book on the Everglades is under contract with Johns ... Read Full Bio »