Marshfield: FEMA flood insurance update – House passes delay legislation

Marshfield’s town administrator updated the board of selectmen Monday night, regarding congressional legislation that would delay the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s proposed expansion of flood maps and drastically increased flood insurance premiums.

The US House of Representatives recently approved legislation that amends the Biggert-Waters Act and delays the implementation of the expanded flood maps and huge increases in federal flood insurance for four years.

Marshfield Town Administrator Rocco Longo said, “House Resolution 3370 that provided some benefits relative to the homeowner flood insurance affordability act, that legislation that passed Congress amended the Biggert-Waters law. It included many items to help minimize some of the costs where it was flexible, but I think that legislation passing was one good sign and there’s still a lot of work to do. With the flood insurance ongoing, that was one of the beneficial legislative actions, compared to what’s been happening to us. So that was a good thing.”

The delay legislation would provide lawmakers time to conduct an affordability study.

The bi-partisan bill now heads back to the senate.

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.