From Maine to Oregon, local floodplain managers say FEMA’s recent flood maps — which dictate the premiums that 5.5 million Americans pay for flood insurance — have often been built using outdated, inaccurate data. Homeowners, in turn, have to bear the cost of fixing FEMA’s mistakes.We're having similar issues here in Louisiana. But hey, it's FEMA. Like you expected competence?
“It’s been a mess,” Darling said. “It’s been a headache for a lot of people.”
Joseph Young, Maine’s floodplain mapping coordinator, said his office gets calls “almost on a daily basis” from homeowners who say they’ve been mapped in high-risk flood areas in error. More often than not, he said, their complaints have merit. “There’s a lot of people who have a new map that’s unreliable,” he said.
18 July 2013
I'm Shocked. Shocked!
OK, Not really: