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Flood insurance hikes should be fair

January 31, 2014

An important test of whether Congress really can get important things done — or, alternatively, is mired in the gridlock critics claim — affects thousands of area homeowners and business people....

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Feb-02-14 9:37 AM

I grew up in the Hudson river valley, an area that had been plagued by spring flooding. But after the Sacandaga reservoir was built even with a rapid snow melt accompanied by heavy rains the flooding never came close to reaching most of the areas included in the flood zone. Needless to say the maps were never revised to reflect reality.

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Jan-31-14 11:58 AM

I agree with your commentary. The new flood zone risk maps are highly questionable, and would force homeowners who have no risk to purchase flood insurance simply for being in the zone. It doesn't matter if their home is 1000 feet above sea level, if they are in a zone that has in any part experienced flooding, they will be forced to pay too.

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