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The Mississippi Insurance Department has asked a federal court in Gulfport, Miss., for an injunction to delay flood insurance rate hikes scheduled to go into effect Tuesday.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said he filed the suit against the Federal Emergency Management Agency as administrator of the National Flood Insurance Program and Craig Fugate, FEMA administrator because the hikes “will affect millions of homeowners, not only in Mississippi, but across the country and are intended to repay the debt from catastrophes being carried by the NFIP and to make rates in the future actuarially sound.”

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