One man was killed and three others sustained non-life threatening injuries in a shooting that took place early Sunday in a parking garage near the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.According to Fort Lauderdale Police spokeswoman Casey Liening, the incident happened around 4:15 a.m. at 101 S.W. Fifth Avenue.The parking garage also serves the Museum of Discovery and Science, as well as nearby restaurants and clubs.Debbie Anestor, the aunt of one of the victims, says that her 25-year-old nephew, Bidline Vil, and his girlfriend got into a dispute with someone at one of the adjacent nightclubs, when the argument carried over to the garage. She says her nephew then shot and killed the other man in self-defense, adding,”He saved many lives by killing him. He’s a hero.”Anestor says her nephew, who has a concealed weapons permit, was shot five times during the altercation, and his girlfriend was shot once.The three victims who were injured were treated at Broward Health Medical Center.The investigation is ongoing.
WASHINGTON — If you think your homeowner’s insurance covers flooding, think again. As snow melts, rain falls, and rivers rise, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reminds Iowans to learn about flood insurance and buy appropriate coverage.David Maurstad heads FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program and says only about 30-percent of properties located in high-risk areas are covered, and only four-percent outside those areas. “Maybe 2012 or so, there was another pretty significant flooding event in Iowa and the number of people covered was about 12% in the effected areas,” Maurstad says. “We have a lot of work to do in making sure people understand that flood insurance is their first line of defense to recover from flooding events.”Damage to buildings and their contents is covered if the high water is caused by rain or rising lakes or rivers. Maurstad says the policies are affordable, averaging less than 500-dollars a year in locations that are not flood-prone. “An inch of water can cause $25,000 worth of damage,” Maurstad says. “We’re trying to encourage people when they renew their homeowner policy that they consider flood insurance. They need to get that flood insurance, they need to not wait. We have to do a better job of encouraging renters to have flood insurance. They can be as negatively impacted as whoever owns the building.”Be advised, after buying flood insurance, there’s a 30-day waiting period before it goes into effect. More information is available at floodsmart.gov.