Marshfield: Town awaits FEMA flood map delay decision

Marshfield’s town administrator updated the board of selectmen Monday night regarding the town’s appeal of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s expanded flood maps and huge increases in flood insurance premiums.

Town Administrator Rocco Longo said he has hand delivered FEMA appeals for the towns of Marshfield, Scituate and Duxbury, drawn up by consultants the Woods Hole Group and Ransom Environmental.

Longo also said he’s optimistic about the feds allowing the town to delay a vote at annual town meeting to accept FEMA’s new expanded flood zone maps, which is required for the town to continue receiving federal flood insurance.

Longo said he expects to hear from FEMA soon, regarding the issue.

“FEMA said by the end of the week or by early next week, the board of selectmen will get something in writing from FEMA, about the delay in the process. It’s their responsibility to communicate with the board. So hopefully we’ll get that letter in writing. I’m kind of optimistic about that, because they aren’t going to have enough time. I would say it would take a year if you think about the bureaucracy behind the scientific resolution panel. I’m not saying that officially. I’m just saying that from my prospective of looking at that process – it’s going to take some time. So I expect the board to receive that letter or email either by Friday this week, or early next week. Then we’ll know that we don’t have to go forward with those maps officially,” Longo explained.

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.