Saturday's sweeping storm toppled many a tree and flooded low lying areas during high tide, but the one thing the gusting 50 MPH storm didn't do was create damage that would necessitate the need for the type of storm shutters once finds in Hurricane alley beach-front bungalows. Yet, that's the requirement that homes within 3/4 miles of the Long Island Sound or portions of major rivers near the sound
Andover has about 2,000 customers in Connecticut who must add the shutters to keep their homeowner policies. The regulation applies to homes three-quarters of a mile or closer to a major river or Long Island Sound
State Rep Chris Perone, D-Norwalk, demanded an investigation "Shame on Andover, and shame on other companies petitioning to place such a financial burden on our shoreline residents, specifically those residents living in East Norwalk in close proximity to Long Island Sound. The financial burden of installing these storm shutters places economic hardship on shoreline residents battling the high cost of energy and those living on fixed incomes. This is unfair to the residents of Connecticut.”
House Speaker James Amann, D-Milford, and state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal called for the Insurance Commissioner Susan Cogswell to reverse the changes to coastal guidelines approved for Andover. Along with state Sen. Cathy Cook, R-Mystic, and state Rep. Ed Jutila, D-East Lyme.
Last Thursday, Blumenthal issued subpoenas to nine insurers. The subpoena requested each company to document their reasons for requiring the shutters. While Andover is the only company requiring the shutters, other companies indicate premiums will increase if the shutters are not installed. The companies subpoenaed Thursday are: Andover Companies; Main Street America Group Holdings; Met Property & Casualty Co., Vermont Mutual Insurance Group; New London Mutual Insurance Group Co.; Fireman's Fund Insurance Co.; The Allstate Corporation; Unitrin, Inc.; and Lumbermen's Casualty Company.
AP, Blumenthal questions insurers' mandate for shutters Friday September 01, 2006
The CourantStorm Over Hurricane Risks? August 25, 2006, By MARK PETERS
Updated: How this affects Norwalk, a map that shows half of Norwalk would have to install these storm shutters.