FEMA Backs Off Advisory Flood Maps

Monday, June 10, 2013

The federal government has issued new flood maps for New York City that will make it a lot easier, and cheaper, to live along the coast.

A few months after Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency proposed expanding what they call V-zones: areas right along the coast that government scientists say are subject to high waves from hurricanes or nor'easters. According to those maps, all of Broad Channel in Queens and part of Oakwood Beach on Staten Island would have become V-zones. The designation is meant to reflect the risks that homeowners face, but also carries the potential to drive up flood insurance premiums to as much as $30,000 annually.

The latest revisions, issued Monday, take almost all of those neighborhoods out of the V-zone.

Tim Crowley, the mitigation division director for FEMA Region 2, said the earlier proposal was always meant to overstate V-zones and that the changes were not made in response to political pressure.

New maps for New Jersey are due by the end of this month. Both sets of maps still have a lengthy approval and appeals process before becoming final.


Julianne Welby


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Comments [5]

Larry from Howard Beach, NY

I see that my meighborhood of Howard Beach is not in a V-zone but in the less-restrictive A-zone. What are the requirements in the A-zone?

Jun. 17 2013 10:47 AM
Danny from Breezy Point

I am a Sandy sufferer. Immediately after SANDY we were told by ALL LEVELS of government "FIX UP REPAIR GET BACK IN" ! ! At no point till the end of January 2013 was anyone informed of the new FEMA maps in the works since 2010. FEMA SHOULD HAVE stepped up immediately and told us to wait the criteria will be changing. My insurance monies were well beyond spent on repairing by the time any mention of these maps. I now may be losing my home as I cannot afford to pay the price of raising it, nor will I be able to pay the drastic increase in flood insurance rates. SOMEONE SHOULD BE HELD LIABLE AS NEGLIGENT ! ! I wish I could find a lawyer to file a suit against them ALL.

Jun. 13 2013 12:06 PM

Insurance companies need to stop sucking off the the teat of Big Government (FEMA and Govt. Flood Insurance) and get their own guys out to the field to measure the REAL risks accurately and professionally. Even if it means that Christie will have to pay more insurance for his beach house, along with the rest of the oceanfront McMansion owner hotshots. Government money is for roads, laws, infrastructure and carefully-plotted safety nets. Not votes for smarmy politicians.

Jun. 11 2013 12:57 PM
reply to cjc

Stop being a baby and get insurance yourself. The government isn't here to coddle you.

Jun. 11 2013 12:31 PM

How can they assure us that it wasn't due to political pressure? If and when these places get flooded, are the rest of us going to have to foot the bill that subsidized other people's beachfront property?

Jun. 11 2013 08:27 AM

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