Coast Leaders Worried About Flood Insurance ChangesBy Evelina Burnett | Published 22 Aug 2013 06:00am |
Rep. Steven Palazzo, FEMA Associate Administator David Miller, Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney and coast leaders met yesterday in Gulfport to discuss flood insurance.
Mississippi coastal leaders are expressing concern over the impact that coming changes to the National Flood Insurance Program will have on their cities. MPB’s Evelina Burnett reports that, yesterday, those leaders had a chance to talk directly to the man in charge of the program.
More than 130 city, business and community leaders from across the Gulf Coast met in Gulfport yesterday to learn more about changes to the national flood insurance program. Some policy holders are facing steep rate increases. Moss Point Mayor Billy Broomfield had a message for legislators, whose passage of the Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 is prompting the changes.
Federal Emergency Management Agency Associate Administrator David Miller, who oversees the flood program, was at the meeting to answer questions about the changes. He says it’s good to visit local communities to see how these changes will affect the people who live there.
Bill Brown of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says flood insurance isn’t just a coastal issue: the state has more than 76,000 flood insurance policies. It ranks fifth in the nation in flood plain acreage.
Mississippi’s Fourth District Congressman Steven Palazzo (pala-zoh), who organized the meeting, has sponsored a measure that would delay some changes for a year. He says he’s also planning to work towards a long-term solution.
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