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Thursday, April 24, 2014
Few answers at flood map meeting
(Page 3 of 3)
Andrew Hackmack/Herald
Congressman Gregory Meeks said his goal is to get Valley Stream out of the flood zone.

Mary Powers said she is being charged thousands of dollars per year in flood insurance in Valley Stream. She said she believes those high rates are erroneous but has been unable to convince her bank. Additionally, she said it is outrageous that her flood insurance premium in Valley Stream would be higher than for a second property she owns in Rockaway Beach, a coastal community.

Crupi added that the flood zone has hurt property values in the community. “We cannot sell our homes,” she said. “Would you buy a house in a high-risk flood zone even if we told you we did not flood?”

Meeks said he understood her point, and admitted he would not want to buy a home in a flood zone. That’s why, he said, change must come. “The remapping should substantially or completely remove you from being in the flood zone,” he said.

Marc Tenzer, president of the Mill Brook Civic Association, said he was glad that Meeks and FEMA got to hear the concerns of residents. However, he expressed his dismay with the agency’s lack of new information for homeowners. “They didn’t present anything. I’m very disappointed that FEMA came unprepared for this meeting,” he said. “I hope for the next meeting that FEMA can come in with information that the flood maps have been redone, lowered our elevation levels below eight feet and we no longer need flood insurance.”

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