MARSHFIELD, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – It affects their insurance and how much they pay for it, so a group of Marshfield residents is pushing forward with plans to appeal newly redrawn FEMA flood insurance maps.
According to Wicked Local, the Marshfield Citizens Coastal Coalition is conducting a work session next Thursday to formulate an appeal to prove that the agency's flood maps are "scientifically inaccurate."
The federal maps include new high-risk flood zones, which means people who were never required to get flood insurance before will have to now, and insurance rates will skyrocket for more than 2,000 people.
Wednesday night, FEMA officials met with residents who are not happy about the changes. In Marshfield, roughly 1,500 homes are in the expanded flood zone. In Scituate, there are about 500.
FEMA officials say property owners have the right to appeal, but only have six weeks left to do so. The deadline is October 17.
The new maps will take effect 14 months after the appeal period closes.
Read more: WickedLocal.com