As the National Flood Insurance Program languishes in legislative limbo, an unfortunate reminder of the destructive power of tropical storms is unfolding in Central America.

While the storms are only somewhat predictable, the lapse of the program at 12:01 a.m. June 1, was entirely predictable. The 40-year old NFIP is cash-strapped, and has long existed on a series of temporary extensions. Legislators do not return from the Memorial Day recess until June 7, so the NFIP will be expired until then.

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