As Floridians continue trying to recover from Hurricane Ian, the National Flood Insurance Program has paid $882 million to cover water damage from the storm, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday.
The total was up from $793 million on Monday, as it steadily increases.
The program has received about 44,700 claims from Ian, which made landfall Sept. 28 in Southwest Florida as a Category 4 storm before causing damage across the state.
Residents who have mortgages on properties in designated flood zones are required to have flood insurance, which is mostly purchased through the federal program.
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But most Floridians don’t have flood insurance, exacerbating problems from Ian. Residential property-insurance policies cover wind damage, but not flood damage.