House Passes Berry's Amendment to Protect Property Owners from FEMA

WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives today passed an amendment offered by 1st District Congressman Marion Berry (D) during consideration of the Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2007.

The amendement requires FEMA to distinguish certified levees that provide protection from special flood hazards from levees that have not been certified by the federal government on federal flood insurance rate maps.  By differentiating the protection the levees provide, property owners will hopefully be more informed about the actual protection provided and allowed to make their own decisions regarding the purchase of flood insurance.

"FEMA's current policy is to publish an arbitrary and unscientific blanket warning of flood risks on their new flood maps, apparently to try to sell insurance for properties where it is not required and where there may never be claims," said Berry.