Flood insurance meeting draws a crowd in Aberdeen
About 200 people attended the public meeting at the Rotary Log Pavilion last night to learn more about the National Flood Insurance Program.
Ted Perkins a regional engineer for FEMA gave a presentation on all of the changes to local flood maps and the how they came up with their data. Perkins said that houses that have at least a 1% chance of happening is in a flood zone.
After multiple questions from upset citizens, especially those who are receiving flood insurance rates that are as high as their monthly house payments, Debrah Farmer, FEMA Region 10 Insurance Program Specialist, said that residents can work with community flood plain administrators who are in place to help with the zoning, and said the changes that FEMA is not making these rates. They are acting on what congress put in action.
Perkins said there is an appeal process but is a strict one.
For more information on the flood maps go to http://www.ecy.wa.gov.