Marshfield: Town administrator presents FEMA appeal update

Marshfield’s town administrator updated the town’s board of selectmen Monday night, regarding the town’s appeal of The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s expanded flood maps and enormous flood insurance rate increases.

Town Administrator Rocco Longo said he’s been conferring with a group in New Orleans about congressional legislation to amend the Biggert-Waters Act and delay the implementation of FEMA’S proposal to expand flood zones and drastically increase flood insurance rates.

Longo said it looks as though the bi-partisan backed legislation, has plenty of support.

“I’ve been participating on these weekly calls to GNO, The Greater New Orleans Coalition. They’ve been fighting for the legislation, which is a good thing and they reported that 132 congressmen signed on to the bill, as well as 32 senators. So, it’s inevitable that the bill is going to pass. No one can predict the date of adoption and you never fool with congress because when once you say it’s going happen then, sometimes they take that personal. But it looks pretty evident that the pause legislation will be adopted by congress,” Longo said.

The legislation would delay FEMA’S proposal for up to four years and also calls for an affordability study.


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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.