New legislation calls for for 5-year flood insurance moratorium

NORWICH – Mayor Joseph P. Maiurano urges everyone to contact their elected representatives to voice their support for new legislation that is being introduced to declare a 5-year moratorium on flood insurance for New York homeowners. The current requirement is that New York homeowners purchase expensive new flood insurance policies if they live in an area designated as a flood zone since September 30, 2007. The recent revisions of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood maps has only exacerbated this problem. The FEMA flood-mapping techniques have received much criticism, including concerns about the use of old GIS data mapping techniques that can be inexact in measuring elevations, and failure to include historical data on flooding in impacted communities. Governments have pushed for the agency to go back to the drawing board an devise a flood-map plan that reflects on-the-ground realities.

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