Scituate: Town ready to file first FEMA map appeal

Scituate’s town administrator updated the board of selectmen Tuesday night, on the town’s efforts to dispute the new expanded Federal Emergency Management Agency flood maps and drastically increased flood insurance premiums.

Town Administrator Patricia Vinchesi says the town is now ready to file their first FEMA flood map appeal.

“We have the first appeal ready to be mailed this week. Staff reviewed it and it will go in from Ransom Consulting and Engineering scientists. After the appeal deadline of October 16, FEMA has 30 days to ask us questions on the appeal. Sixty days after that, they can negotiate with us if they don’t agree on what we’ve submitted and it either gets resolved, or we discuss it further, at which case we need to engage an attorney to do that. So, hopefully, we won’t come to that,” she said.

Vinchesi also warned residents filing a FEMA appeal that protocol requires the town to submit the appeal for them and they must also sign a special form.

“The homeowner must sign off on a form that the town has, acknowledging that the town is not weighing in on the efficacy of the appeal, that the town has no more involvement in that personal property appeal in terms of FEMA coming back and asking additional questions, or any future liability. So, unless the homeowner signs that form, we cannot submit it for them,” Vinchesi explained.

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