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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 20, 2017 08:49 AM
From: Representative Tina M. Davis
To: All House members
Subject: Notification to Residential Property Owners of Changes to Official FEMA Flood Plan Map

In the near future, I will be re-introducing legislation from last session (House Bill 1648) that would require municipalities to contact residents if their flood plain status has changed based on information received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The required communication would include a written notice that a change in classification has occurred and also the contact information for the National Flood Insurance Program to provide constituents with further clarification and to provide them with an opportunity to properly prepare for the possibility of a flood.

As we have seen in areas across Pennsylvania, the risk of flooding is real, and not just in high risk areas. As state legislators, it is important that we keep our constituents informed about changes to the flood hazard area map, as map updates may affect flood insurance requirements for homeowners and other associated costs and considerations.

I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation to keep our constituents safe and allow them to take steps to further protect themselves and their largest single investment, their property.

Introduced as HB571