Worry about flood insurance has been simmering for months in New Jersey and coastal Louisiana—regions where the memory of recent widespread flooding is still strong. Now, residents on other stretches of coastline are beginning to realize what the future may hold—and starting to complain.
In Boston, new flood maps and higher premiums could sock Red Sox nation hard. The Boston Herald reports: ("Hub FEMA maps may unleash flood of anger") "Property owners in Suffolk County, including Boston's booming Seaport District, are bracing for the release of FEMA's new flood zone maps, which could force hundreds of owners to get costly insurance for the first time and jack up rates for those who already have it ... In Boston, which boasts more than $460 billion in waterfront real estate assets, officials are girding for the impact of the new flood zones on property owners. Mayor Thomas M. Menino's office has enlisted an independent consultant to review the Federal Emergency Management Agency's preliminary maps, which could be released as soon as Nov. 15."
The South Shore town of Hingham is gearing up to fight the new flood zone designations—maybe, reports the Boston.com ("Hingham prepares to contest new FEMA flood maps," by Jessica Bartlett). "Hingham is hoping to finalize an agreement with an engineer early next week to help the town rebut new flood maps that have added 500 homes to the flood zone," Boston.com reports. "Town officials approved the appropriation of $40,000 from the town's reserves on Tuesday for the study, and are deciding between two engineering firms for the work. 'We're beginning the process to see if we have enough of a case to make an appeal,' said Town Administrator Ted Alexiades."
"At the end of the day, what we're going to be focusing on is the unfairness of a policy designed to address a budgetary issue on a national level," Alexiades told the Globe. "I don't think anyone in Hingham or anyone in the country doesn't want these budget issues addressed…but it's how…and on the backs of a small group of the population is not how the country has managed successful programs."