Senators want to meet about flood zone maps

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is part of a bipartisan group that is offering to work with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to resolve growing concerns with the effort to update the nation’s flood zone maps.

Cochran is among 16 senators who have asked to meet with the heads of the Army Corps and FEMA to try to address constituent concerns about an effort to update Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), including fears raised by draft maps that indicate FEMA will significantly expand designated flood zones.

When finalized, FIRMs will determine which residents would be forced to purchase FEMA-administered flood insurance.

“The concerns being raised by Mississippians indicate to me that there shouldn’t be a rush to finalize the updated flood zone maps. People understand the need for these maps, but I believe they are justifiably concerned about the potential ramifications of the draft proposals,” Cochran said. “I hope FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers accept our offer to work with them to address the multiple issues that trouble those homeowners and businesses that will be most affected by the new flood zones.”

Major concerns with the implementation of the flood map modernization effort are recounted in a letter sent to FEMA administrator Craig Fugate and Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy. Authored by U.S. Senator Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), the correspondence formally requests a meeting to discuss “levee certification, the Flood Map Modernization Program and issues related to the implementation of FIRMs.”

The letter addresses a number of concerns, including: inadequate communication and outreach with local stakeholders; a lack of coordination between FEMA and the Army Corps to address questions about flood mapping, insurance and flood control infrastructure repairs; a disregard for locally-funded flood control projects when determining flood zones; insufficient time and resources to complete repairs to flood control structures before flood maps are finalized; and, potential impacts new flood maps might have on economic development.

Pryor, Cochran, Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), David Vitter (R-La.), Dick Durbin and Roland Burris (D-Ill.), Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Chris Bond (R-Mo.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) signed the letter.

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  2. NOFLOOD Says:

    Ask yourself “who is worse the prostitute, the pimps or the johns”?
    The National Flood Insurance Program in a desperate attempt to stay alive has prostituted itself, their pimps are the insurance industry and yes the tax payer and congress are the johns.
    They have lobbing Congress for mandatory preparation, high risk rates, asking for forgiveness of the note to the US Treasury; lenders must participate or face fines, escrow accounts for enforcement, and so on and so on.
    The program has become so much automated to the point that if a property that is found to be in the flood zone your lender will notify the barrower they must buy flood insurance. If the owner does not comply the leader will open an escrow account for them.
    The GAO has estimates at least 56% of premiums are for selling policies.
    I say estimate because it turns out fema is not keeping track of these cost they paid.
    Yes the flood program is a much like a prostitute, the pumps are the greedy insurance industry and we and congress are the JOHNS.
    Like I said the program is so automated it no longer needs insurance agents to sell their product.
    The program needs to sell direct.
    A savings up to 56% should be possible right away.
    Want to cut your flood insurance bill by 56% or more.
    Tell congress.

  3. NOFLOOD Says:

    What to find out who asked for this flood program in Congress.
    Check it out

    On youtube
    NFIP part1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0c-MpNuReg
    NFIP part2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBSbABaK6Cg
    NFIP part3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNGiCWFP3tM
    NFIP part4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w243vI1n6BI

  4. NOFLOOD Says:

    See how much WYO companies are making off of you on flood insurance.

    Read the report from the GAO

    http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d09455.pdf

  5. Dana Seefeld Says:

    I live in Mississippi and my house did not flood during Katrina nor even have much damage (thank goodness). There has been a huge expensive project to control flooding right next to my home that took my house out of a high risk flood zone about 20 years ago and I was no longer forced to carry flood insurance. Now I get a letter saying I have to have enough insurance to cover 80% of the replacement value of my home (although I only owe about 30% of replacement value to the mortgage company). Why is my house “floodprone” suddenly after all that work was done to keep it from being in a high risk flood zone and declared by Fema to no longer be in a high risk zone? This just lowered the value of my home and upped my payments!!! Is this how we make economic recovery???

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