Flood map decision nears in Valley Stream
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According to Fare, village officials have reviewed the data provided by FEMA relating to the latest flood maps. And Trustee Vincent Grasso said that the new maps are the result of more than two years of effort by community activists and local government officials to have them changed. “We feel this is the best deal the village could get from the federal government,” Grasso said. “The difference between responsible governance and perpetual peevishness is knowing when to say yes to benefit as many residents as possible.”
He added that if the new maps are adopted, residents remaining in the flood zone would still be able to appeal. The village, however, is not in a position to contest the science used to create the maps.
Margolin and Community Association President Carol Crupi were two of 10 or so Valley Stream residents to take part in a Stop FEMA Now rally in Massapequa on June 29. Crupi said that they met with residents of several communities who feel that the flood maps in their areas are wrong.
“We’re all in the same boat with FEMA,” Crupi said. “I think that movement is growing, and I think it’s going to take off on Long Island.”
She said she also shared what has been done in Valley Stream to fight the flood maps, including efforts to work with federal representatives. She also plans to be at Monday night’s meeting, even though her house will be removed from the flood zone.
“I will do my best to get as many people as possible there,” she said. “I would like correct maps. I don’t think those maps are correct.”
Fare said he is concerned that if the village does not adopt the maps, it will not be able to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program. That would hurt people who want and need flood insurance, such as those on Hungry Harbor Road whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
Monday’s public hearing begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall courtroom. FEMA officials have been invited, but Fare said he is not sure whether they will attend. The board is expected to vote on the new maps at the business meeting, which follows.