Some Residents in Southern California Get Flood Insurance Mandate Lifted

Last week it was revealed that according to FEMA’s new flood map, a few thousand in Southern California would be required to acquire flood insurance; however, FEMA has now announcedthat some of those residents don’t live in risky areas after all. The news comes as a relief to many residents who would have been on the hook for an additional insurance policy effective immediately.

FEMA’s New Flood Map

According to the new flood map that FEMA drew up recently, thousands in the Southern California area would said to suddenly live in flood-prone area – even those who lived no where near water.

In total, residents in over 150 cities and unincorporated areas would have to purchase flood insurance in addition to their homeowners insurance in case a flood hit the area, which could have added as much as $500 to $1,700 to their policies per year.

This did not sit well with many homeowners, some of whom decided to fight the new flood map designations.

FEMA’s Withdrawal

After FEMA decided to review its new topographic data, it decided to remove 876 parcels in the Parks Mesa Heights neighborhood. According to the agency, it included this area in the high-hazard zone mistakenly.

There are still just over 2,300 residents, however, who will be obligated to purchase this insurance if they are on the map and hold a federally-backed mortgage.

Dozens of homeowners are still protesting that FEMA relied on faulty information while updating its maps. Some activists in the area still think that FEMA should remove the other properties in the area from its list since the data it is using is outdated. A spokeswoman for the Public Works Department is seeking a grant to pay for detailed analysis of the broader flood zone in hopes of further revisions.

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