Marshfield: Federal legislation to delay FEMA flood insurance increases to move forward

There could be some good news for towns such as Marshfield, Scituate and Duxbury, impacted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s expanded flood maps and hefty flood insurance rate increases.

Marshfield Town Administrator Rocco Longo said there’s some good news on the FEMA front, with federal legislation being filed soon to delay the implementation of the new, expanded FEMA flood maps and flood insurance increases that are causing so much anxiety among coastal residents.

“A bipartisan group of legislators, congressmen and senators are filing a bill to basically delay the application of the flood maps for up to four years. That’s very significant for the town. It’s actually very significant for the entire country, because this came upon us all too quickly. We’ve dedicated all of our time – as I said to the board of selectmen – I’ve spent 110% of my day on flood insurance and if this legislation evolves it could be a big plus for everyone,” Longo explained.

Longo said the legislation also calls for reimbursing residents who file a successful FEMA appeal.

“It reimburses families who make appeals to change the flood maps that are successful. So that’s an incentive for people to maybe take that risk, because there are costs involved when they do that.”

The legislation is expected to be filed next week.

Longo is also meeting today with staff from the offices of Congressman Bill Keating, Congressman Steven Lynch, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Ed Markey, to discuss the FEMA issue.

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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.