FEMA to release revised flood maps
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Crupi said she still believes that FEMA should lower it to the 8-foot level that was in place for years before the new maps went into effect. Still, the reduction is enough where it is likely to remove thousands of homes in Gibson from the flood zone.
Marc Tenzer, president of the Mill Brook Civic Association which represents 811 homes in South Valley Stream, said he hopes his neighborhood is also removed from the flood zone. He said that flood insurance should be optional, not mandatory for people who have mortgages.
“It’s a step in the right direction for those people who didn’t get flooded,” Tenzer said of the forthcoming changes. “For the most part, Mill Brook should be out of the flood zone.”
Mayor Ed Fare said that village officials will be scrutinizing the new maps. He said there are areas of Valley Stream that simply don’t belong in the flood zone and wants those removed. “The map changes must be closely analyzed,” he said. “My concerns will remain with those homeowners that remain in the flood zone.”
Fare said that if a home is kept in the flood zone, he wants to ensure that those owners won’t have to pay exorbitant insurance premiums, like the $2,000 and higher annual payments some residents had to make when the maps first went into effect. Instead, he wants those homeowners to remain eligible for the Preferred Risk Policy rate of about $400 a year.