[Fosc] NEWS ITEM: Homeowners forced to buy flood insurance

Edward Goehring edward.goehring at gmail.com
Mon Jan 4 10:15:41 PST 2010

I thought this might be informative for Oaklanders who have received FEMA flood-hazard designation letters. 

I have not yet seen news about anyone successfully challenging FEMA on this issue, but I suspect that there may eventually be a
class-action lawsuit about FEMA's flood-plain definitions.

It's worth remembering that so-called ''100-year floods'' actually happen on average more like every 50 years -- and that the
central business areas (as well as hundreds of homes and many schools, churches and senior residences) in the Dimond and Fruitvale
neighborhoods are in the flood plain of Sausal Creek. If you don't know where FEMA thinks Sausal Creek will flood, you can check the
maps on the old Dimond Public Safety Council website: http://tinyurl.com/sausalflooding .

I will post further on this as more news become available :)

Edward Goehring
Member, Flood Professionals


SoCal homeowners forced to buy flood insurance

Monday, January 4, 2010

(01-04) 08:44 PST Los Angeles, CA (AP) --

Tens of thousands of Southern Californians will be forced to buy flood insurance because the federal government now says they live
in risky areas.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has told homeowners in more than 150 cities and unincorporated areas that they must get the
insurance. Since 2003, FEMA has been updating its flood maps nationwide, increasing the number of homes in flood zones.

Flood insurance premiums can run $500 to $1,700 a year. Some property owners already have started paying and others may have to do
so early this year.

But some homeowners are fighting the designations.

Nada Parham of South Los Angeles, who doesn't live near a river, creek or dam, has hired a surveyor to prove to FEMA that her home
shouldn't be considered at high flood risk.


Information from: Los Angeles Times, www.latimes.com


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