US: Lawmakers from Iowa have requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to change the process of map modernisation. For instance, FEMA’s map of Ely, an Iowa town, lacks details of the latest municipal improvements that will impact water flow.
David Loesback, who is among the people who have written to FEMA said, “the new flood map boundaries may put many Iowa families in a difficult position.They must balance the family budget with a new and unexpected expense and a potential decline in their home value. I certainly believe that flood insurance is one of the most important investments a homeowner can make, but also believe ihat homeowners should have a fair opportunity to participate in the process that will ultimately affect their home’s value and be able to have a level of trust that the data being used is accurate.”
Notably, FEMS’s map modernisation process has invited anger from city dwellers who feel that the maps are not accurate have a limited outreach.
Source: THE IOWA INDEPENDENT