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FEMA Remapping Flood Zones

November 4th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

When Sandy blew into East Coast communities a year ago, it was flooding that did the most damage. That's in part because the average sea level has risen over the past century — about a foot along the mid-Atlantic coast. That made it easier for the storm to push the ocean onto the land. One thing certain to change as a result is the way people insure property against flooding. The federal National Flood Insurance Program requires most businesses and homeowners in high-risk flood zones to buy flood insurance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency administers the program and is now remapping those flood zones. And the new zones are a lot bigger. It’s a major concern for Allegany County. Commissioner Creade Brodie, saying that flood insurance would increase dramatically under the new plan, asked administrator David Eberly to contact Senators Mikulski and Cardin and Congressman Delaney seeking help in stopping the effort…





 

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