Marshfield: Town submits application for FEMA discount flood insurance program

Marshfield’s town administrator updated the board of selectmen Monday night, regarding the pushback on the new Federal Emergency Management Agency flood maps and massive flood insurance increases.

Town Administrator Rocco Longo said the town has submitted an application for the Community Rating System or CRS to FEMA, to help the town with discounts on flood insurance.

“I don’t want to prejudge anything, but I think the board’s going to be surprised with the outcome when the audit’s complete. That could be done within the next 30 days. That’s really good news for the town and good news for people who have to buy flood insurance. We’re back in the program. I say that with some confidence. To what degree the discount’s going to be, I can’t say, because I don’t know.”

A conference call also took place between Rocco Longo, the town’s engineering consultant, Scituate’s town administrator and the state attorney general, about the FEMA issue.

Longo told selectmen, “The jist of the conversation was that they’re not really sure if there are any legal issues yet. But I think the good news is that they want to work with us and stay on top of it. Should some legal issues arise, they’ll be working with us so; it was a very productive call. I think the benefit was probably more to the attorney general’s office, which had heard things, but nothing directly. Our consultant was outstanding.”

Longo also said he hopes to have an update from the town’s engineering consultants, sometime this week.

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.