Insurance commissioner's lawsuit gives Waveland hope - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Insurance commissioner's lawsuit gives Waveland hope

Posted: Updated:
WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) -

A little more hope. That's the reaction in Waveland after Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney filed a lawsuit against FEMA to stop huge rate hikes in flood insurance.

Since almost every mile of Waveland is in a flood zone, leaders told WLOX News they need relief and they need it soon.

Cheryl Kring lives about a block from the beach in Waveland. She says at $3,000 a year she's at her limit of what she can afford to pay for flood insurance.

"We pay outrageous rates right here. And if they go up, how are people south of the railroad tracks going to be able to live down here? I mean, there are very few people now and we want to get the people back. There is no way. We're barely making it," said Kring.

City leaders say she's not alone, before FEMA re-mapped Waveland flood zones in 2009, only 30 percent of the residents in the city lived in a flood zone. Now 90 percent of the residents are in the flood zone.

"We can see costs going up dramatically," said Waveland Flood Plain Manager Mike Smith.

He said if the Biggert Waters Act is allowed to take effect Tuesday, many residents and business owners could see a 25 percent yearly increase in flood insurance rates over the next four years.

"If you let your policy lapse and you renew your policy, you're going to get the full 100 percent effect of the flood insurance reform act. If your home is a repetitive loss property, then you're going to go to the 100 percent rates as well. If you're a business and you receive a subsidy, the subsidy is going to go away," explained Smith.

He said the rate hikes will put the city's Katrina recovery efforts in reverse.

"I just think in the long run it's going to leave us a ghost town if it continues to be enacted," according to Smith.

He and others say they applaud the insurance commissioner's efforts for trying to stop the planned increases and hope his lawsuit can make a difference.

View the official complaint filed by Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney: http://www.mid.ms.gov/pdf/NFIP-Complaint.pdf

There are also efforts in Congress to delay the implementation of the rate hikes. But with so much attention focused on the budget and potential shutdown, it's unclear if there's any hope of action before Tuesday.

Copyright 2013 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • Insurance commissioner's lawsuit gives Waveland hopeMore>>

  • Chaney files suit to stop flood insurance rate hike

    Chaney files suit to stop flood insurance rate hike

    Friday, September 27 2013 11:53 PM EDT2013-09-28 03:53:06 GMT
    Mississippi's Insurance Commissioner filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop the dramatic increases coming for everyone who has flood insurance.More >>
    Mississippi's Insurance Commissioner filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop the dramatic increases coming for everyone who has flood insurance. Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said the "draconian rate increases" are set to take effect Tuesday and could bankrupt many South Mississippi homeowners.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.