Marshfield: Town to appeal new FEMA flood maps, hires two consulting firms

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The town of Marshfield is spending $32,000 on two consulting firms it says will help them appeal FEMA’s new flood maps. Town Administrator Rocco Longo says an appeal involves finding mistakes in FEMA’s map using scientific data.

Rocco Longo, “We need to have the scientists tell us that it is a mistake, and why, because just to tell FEMA that we don’t agree with it isn’t going to be sufficient”.

The newly revised flood maps have caused concern in several coastal communities, who have discovered that the new changes have added hundreds of homes in each town to the flood plain. Residents are faced with paying thousands of dollars each year for flood insurance, even if their property has never been damaged by a storm or flood in the past.

Longo is encouraged by efforts in Washington to delay the implementation of the new maps, between Senator Elizabeth Warren saying she supports a delay, and a bill filed by a senator in Louisiana, which is facing the same direction.

Marshfield is holding another town meeting on Wednesday, September 25 at 5:00 p.m. at Town Hall for any residents who still have questions. The appeal deadline is October 17th.

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