Marshfield: Town submits FEMA flood map appeal

Marshfield’s town administrator updated selectmen Monday night, on where the town stands regarding its dispute of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s expanded flood maps and drastic flood insurance increases.

Town Administrator Rocco Longo said that he’s submitted the town’s appeal and now it’s time to wait for FEMA’s response.

“I have hand delivered the appeals and now we’re waiting for the 30 day response period to hear something from FEMA, where they’ll give us a letter of determination and decide whether or not our information is sufficient to go forward with an appeal, or there could be other alternatives. Who knows what those could be, but they make the rules, so they can come up with any kind of conclusion that they want, which is understood.”

Rocco Longo told Selectman Matt McDonough that despite the 30 day response to appeals set by FEMA, the town might not get a response until December.

“The first response would come in December and then there would be a response following that. But like I said – they make the rules,” Longo said.

The deadline to submit an appeal was October 17.

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.