Federal Emergency Management Agency

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The new flood maps for Ocean City could result in some property owners paying higher insurance premiums.

WBOC reports that Congressman Andy Harris’s office says that the hazard map will cost some of them hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said that the new flood maps do not include private, landscape areas that are deemed secondary dunes.

It said that only the primary frontal dunes which include Army Corps of Engineers Storm Protection Project.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Emergency Management Agency says the federal government will reimburse Maryland state and local governments $25.4 million to cover most of their costs related to a January snowstorm.

Spokesman Ed McDonough said in an email Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has paid about $4 million to date.

The payments follow a presidential disaster declaration in March for the storm Jan. 22-23 that buried the state in up to 38.5 inches of snow.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Flawed Federal Emergency Management Agency flood insurance maps have caused insurance premiums at some Ocean City properties to skyrocket, but city officials say a resolution could still take months.

The Daily Record reports that FEMA officials drew the line for its higher-risk zone last year in the wrong place along an older dune line. That mistake accidentally placed 15 condominium buildings and one hotel in a higher hazard area than other beachfront properties.

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The boardwalk at the northern end of Rehoboth Beach is now open.

It had been closed for repairs after this winter’s storm.

WBOC reports that the boards were raised 12 inches to make them flush with undamaged sections.

But the underlying supports are still broken.

For the moment officials say the boardwalk is safe to walk on although it could be damaged again with another storm.

Meanwhile, town officials say that a damage assessment form the Federal Emergency Management Agency is still in the works.

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Governor Jack Markell announced that he will ask for $2.5 million in federal disaster relief to rebuild the infrastructure along Delaware’s beaches damaged from the recent storms.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that funds would go toward repairing the northern end of the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach as well as storm water pipes damaged by the waves.

Money would also go toward trails in state parks such as Gordons Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park.

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The South Bethany Beach town council has approved moving ahead with exploring an appeal of the new flood maps drawn up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The environmental engineering firm Woods Hole Group was authorized to come up with a strategy at a workshop in late October.

During yesterday’s meeting the company said that the best approach would be to emphasize the protection afforded to home by the dunes on the beach.

The firm said that was not factored into the assessment by FEMA.

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The Federal Emergency Management agency is investigating 45-hundred households that it says may have received overpayments  in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

After hurricane Sandy hit FEMA sent out some $1.4 billion in aid to residents along the East Coast – especially in New York and New Jersey.

In Maryland Somerset County residents were hit the hardest.

And many are now just getting their homes rebuilt.

Tina Throne, a Somerset County resident, told WBOC that she was surprised to hear some people may have to pay money back.

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The Somerset County Commissioners voted to take $700-thousand from the $8.6 million of Hurricane Sandy relief funds to pay for rehabilitation 16 public units which still have mold and other issues.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that The funds will go to the Crisfield Housing Authority which oversee the Somers cove apartments.

When the hurricane the complex like most the city was hit by severe flooding of up to 5 feet deep.

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Thousands of property owners in Delaware are grappling with the new changes in the flood maps by the Federal Emergency Management Agency which will mean a hike in flood insurance rates.

The rate increase has been capped by lawmakers at 18 percent and in some cases at 25 percent for certain categories.

And FEMA is also offering relief to some while drawing other into new insurance requirement.

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FEDERALSBURG, Md. (AP) - Changes in the federal flood insurance program are likely to mean higher premiums for thousands Maryland residents, and not just those living in Ocean City or along the Chesapeake Bay.

For years, the federal government offered subsidized flood insurance on homes and businesses. But discounted premiums and  catastrophic storms in recent years have left the National Flood Insurance Program deeply in debt, prompting Congress to pass a law two years ago requiring policyholders to start paying rates based on their true risk of flooding.

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