Real estate is the most valuable asset most people will ever possess, and insuring against natural disasters like floods and storms is common sense.
Or so you might think. Two government-mandated programs are in financial straits, with critics asking if they should exist at all.
The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association is still kicking the financial can down the road to avoid raising rates because coastal property owners do not want to pay their fair share. Meanwhile, San Antonio-area homeowners are allowing their federal flood insurance to lapse as memories of past floods fade.
When disaster strikes—and we know it will—taxpayers will be left picking up the tab for others’ foolish decisions.
TOMLINSON’S TAKE: Unscrupulous developers will strike back against flood measures
The windstorm association, a quasi-government entity known as TWIA (TWEE-ah), provides coverage to more than 190,000 properties in 15 coastal counties that no private company will insure. That includes