Congressman Lynch Statement on FEMA's Announcement that they will Delay Implementation of the Flood Maps for Plymouth County

Feb 3, 2014

I am very pleased to hear that FEMA announced today that they will postpone implementation of the flood maps in Plymouth County until at least 2015. I represent the Towns of Scituate, Hull, Hingham, Abington, Whitman, Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, and the City of Brockton, which are all located in Plymouth County. I met with many residents from these towns who expressed concerns over the new FEMA flood maps and the dramatic flood insurance premium increases mandated under the Biggert-Waters law. This delay will provide much needed time to ensure that all of the appeals and concerns by residents and towns in the county are heard by FEMA. However, it is important to remember that the communities of Cohasset, Weymouth, Quincy and Braintree and many other homeowners across other areas of my district and across the entire Commonwealth may be negatively impacted by FEMA’s flawed implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program. If flawed mapping techniques and methods were used during the process of remapping the flood zones, we need to ensure that all affected areas have access to the most accurate scientific data available. I remain committed to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate from across the nation, including members of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation, to address these concerns. I will continue to work with these colleagues and all Members of Congress to find a solution to this problem.