Hurricanes leave R.I. bracing for rate hikes

STAYING AFLOAT: Mark A. Male, left, executive vice president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Rhode Island, speaks with Sean Donaghey, senior vice president, state account executive. Male thinks flood-insurance rates will increase due to recent hurricanes. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO
STAYING AFLOAT: Mark A. Male, left, executive vice president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Rhode Island, speaks with Sean Donaghey, senior vice president, state account executive. Male thinks flood-insurance rates will increase due to recent hurricanes. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO
Rhode Islanders with flood insurance are bracing for rate increases in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, as questions again are being raised about the costs of such insurance in the United States. Approximately 15,000 Rhode Islanders have policies covered by the National Flood Insurance Program, a U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency-administered flood-insurance program…

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