Rep. Grimm Urges FEMA to Produce New Flood Maps by End of Month

May 9, 2013 Issues: Superstorm Sandy

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C-Staten Island/Brooklyn) issued the following statement regarding the upcoming changes to Staten Island’s flood maps, and his push to release the revised maps by the end of May 2013:

“There is growing concern and unrest regarding the news that flood maps will once again change, and rightly so. Homeowners want to stop the waiting game and start rebuilding, but cannot move forward without the new maps.  A move from Zone V to A is significant – and could reduce the elevation requirements by several feet, as well as significantly lower mitigation costs. 

“On behalf of the many Staten Island homeowners who have reached out to my office, I am actively seeking clarity from FEMA and have been urging them to produce the new maps by the end of the month.  My staff and I have remained in close contact with FEMA throughout the mapping process, and they are working quickly and diligently to collect the remaining data needed to produce the new maps.  

“It has been over six months since Sandy ravaged our coastline, and yet we remain in limbo waiting for guidance on zone changes and revised elevation standards.  We can’t wait any longer for answers, which is why I have communicated to FEMA the need to release the new maps without delay.”