Hundreds of people attended an informational meeting in Marshfield at the Furnace Brook Middle School Wednesday night with representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to discuss the emotional issue of a proposed expansion of flood maps and increases in flood insurance rates.
FEMA is proposing an expansion of flood maps that now includes homes that have never been in a flood zone before, along with devastating flood insurance rate increases, in some cases upwards of 25% more.
During the question and answer period, Jack Sullivan of Salt Meadow Way in Marshfield lashed out at the FEMA panel.
He said he lives miles from the beach and has never had flooding even during the worst storms, but now finds himself in a flood zone and facing astronomical flood insurance rate increases.
“The elevation of STAR Limited Partnership that FEMA hired, rather than using those slow pokes at the Army Corp of Engineers, who thought that the elevation was 8 feet or something – now STAR thinks it’s 15 feet and it’s coming in my second floor window now. Listen, I don’t mean to be flip – I’m mad! I’m going to lose $6,000 to $9,000 a year when I’ve never had a drop of water and I’m never going to – and you know I’m never going to! It’s phony!” Sullivan said.
Congressman Steven Lynch said with less than a month left to appeal the maps, there’s not enough time for due process and he’s threatening legal action.
“You know I’ve got legal counsel in my office and they will have to find out what the legal process is to stop this and to go in and get an injunction. And we don’t want to do that. We don’t want to do that. We just want to have a meaningful opportunity to work this through and to make sure that people are being treated fairly!”