Federal Emergency Management Agency

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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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The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be hold a public meeting next month for property owners and residents in Sussex County so they can get a chance to look at the new flood plain maps.

The gathering will be at 4-6 p.m. on December 2nd at the CHEER Community Center in Georgetown.

There will be representatives from various state and federal agencies in attendance who will identify the county’s flood-prone areas.

It’s the first time in 8 years that the maps have been updated.

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FENWICK ISLAND, Del. (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is lowering the flood risk in Fenwick Island and that change could mean lower insurance rates for property owners who have already built above the proposed floodplain ordinance.

Pat Schuchman, a town building official, says the risk reduction was a surprise to many residents. The Wilmington News Journal reports that FEMA's insurance study did not include data from Hurricane Sandy that would have affected risk.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Kent County residents and leaders are getting their first look at new flood maps and worrying about the impact on flood insurance rates.

The News Journal reports that federal officials unveiled new flood maps for Kent County on Tuesday night. It is first in the rollout of maps statewide.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials say Delaware has been awarded more than $1 million in federal assistance for Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts.

Officials say recent obligations include projects totaling more than $816,877 in public assistance funding, bringing the total amount of Federal Emergency Management Agency funding so far to $1.2 million.

Additional funding is expected following state and federal review and approval.

Public assistance funding was made available for all three counties in November when the president declared a major disaster for Delaware.

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If you had losses from Hurricane Sandy in Somerset County and are hoping to get some federal relief midnight tonight is the deadline to get your application in.

Residents are recommended to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency by phone or go on line to get an identification number.

Ron Roth of FEMA told the Salisbury Daily Times that about a dozen people have filed in the last two weeks…after the original February 12th deadline was extended to the 26th.

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Somerset County residents will get a chance to find out what help they might get if they suffered damage from Hurricane Sandy now that the federal and state agencies have departed.

A meeting of the Somerset County Long Term Recovery Committee will host a town hall meeting at Crisfield High School Wednesday night at 6 pm to outline what the committee could offer.

John Phoebus, chair of the group, said help would be available to anyone who applied for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Senator Ben Cardin told the residents of Somerset County yesterday that they will not be forgotten in the wake of damage left behind by Hurricane Sandy. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency had initially denied certain funds for the area but reversed its decision with the president declaring the County a major disaster area.

The Maryland Democrat toured the community yesterday and told the County Commissioners…what happened in Somerset County has changed the way disaster assistance is handled.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials say they will appeal the Federal Emergency Management Agency's denial of a request for individual assistance for residents of the lower Eastern Shore in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Ken Mallette, the director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, announced plans to appeal the decision on Tuesday.

FEMA notified Gov. Martin O'Malley on Monday of the decision to deny the individual assistance declaration. 

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It’s been a month since Hurricane Sandy and hundreds of residents in Crisfield are still waiting for federal assistance to deal with the damage left behind by the superstorm.

Many like Teresa Shallcross had their homes destroyed as waters lapped up from the Chesapeake Bay.

She told the Salisbury Daily Times that her home of 20 years is now uninhabitable because the furnace is slowly falling through her water-damaged floor.

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The City of Salisbury has gotten a reprieve on the deadline for a $1.4 million federal grant to hire 12 additional firefighters over a two year period.

Days after a City Council rejection of the grant because of a bureaucratic snafu Mayor Jim Ireton announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has given the town until September 4th.

He said that he sent a request to City Council President Terry Cohen to reconsider the grant.

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The Salisbury City Council rejected a $1.4 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that would have funded 12 new firefighting positions over the next two years.

During last night’s work session Council member Debbie Campbell cited a bureaucratic requirement that the governing body approve the application before being submitted.

The Salisbury Daily Times also reports that Council President Terry Cohen said she wanted to know how the new positions would be affected if the city had to lay off staff members.