Marshfield: Hundreds turn out for FEMA flood map appeal workshop

Hundreds of angry people filled the Marshfield Citizens Coastal Coalition workshop at Saint Anne’s Parish Hall in Brant Rock Thursday night, in hopes of appealing the new, expanded FEMA flood maps.

Laurie lives on Island Street near the town pier and is livid over the expanded flood maps and the enormous proposed flood insurance increases.

“I’m here to appeal it. I am in a high-risk flood area and have been for the last 28 years. I have never, ever had to put in a claim – I’ve never, ever been flooded. I’m angry! I’m going to lose my house in three years that I have worked so hard for, if these go through. I’m very angry!”

Coalition Chairman Joe Rossi said they’ll use all the data gathered from residents at the workshop to find flaws with the FEMA flood maps, as the basis for an appeal.

“We’re going to take the data that we gather and we’re going to work privately with land surveyors to validate, or invalidate the data that FEMA has used, to get to the maps that they’ve come out with.

We’re going to try to poke holes in the topographical maps they have and as was confirmed to us by FEMA, the only thing more accurate than that is site plans and elevation certificates, which is what we’re gathering tonight,” Rossi explained.

The pressure is on to submit appeals before the deadline of October 16.


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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.