More than 2,900 residents in Blair and surrounding counties are facing premium increases of 18 or 25 percent for flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program, figures compiled by The Associated Press show.
An analysis by the Associated Press, using data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, showed Blair County with 1,222 policyholders, as of December, who paid $1.1 million in premiums for $174.8 million in insurance coverage.
Of the 795 policyholders facing higher premiums, 148 are in Altoona, 124 in Tyrone, 79 in Hollidaysburg, 65 in Allegheny Township, 65 in Blair Township, 57 in Logan Township and the remainder live in other communities. Only Martinsburg and Newry appear to have escaped the increases.
Of those seeing increases, 621 will see rates go up 18 percent, while 174 will see premiums rise 25 percent.
Since joining the National Flood Insurance Program, Blair County property owners have filed 1,021 flood damage claims, resulting in payments of $6.92 million.
The Associated Press' analysis generated similar data for Blair's neighboring counties.
A chart with more details will be posted this afternoon in the For the Record section on the Mirror's website at extras.altoonamirror
Bedford County: Data show 447 flood insurance policyholders face premium increases with 302 at 18 percent and 145 at 25 percent. Since joining the NFIP, 1,417 policyholders in the county have filed claims, generating $12.6 million in claims.
Cambria County: Data show 751 policyholders facing premium increases with 482 at 18 percent and 269 at 25 percent. It also shows 720 policyholders having made claims, generating payments of $2.8 million.
Centre County: 293 policyholders face premium cost insurance increases with 235 at 18 percent and 58 at 5 percent. Since joining the flood insurance program, 310 policyholders in Centre County have filed claims and received $2.81 million in payments.
Clearfield County: Data show 279 policyholders facing premium increases with 198 at 18 percent and 81 at 25 percent. Claims have been filed by 504 policyholders, resulting in payments of $4.93 million.
Huntingdon County: Data show 338 flood insurance policyholders face premium increases with 238 at 18 percent and 100 at 25 percent. Since joining the program, 536 policyholders filed claims and received $9.45 million in payments.