Higgins Fights Flood Map for Old First Ward
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) is again waging a fight against federal flood maps, this time taking aim at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) flood zone in the City of Buffalo’s Old First Ward.
“Again we see federal flood zone designations not based in science or reason placing unfair burdens on local homeowners and discouraging investment in the Old First Ward,” said Congressman Higgins, a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, which has jurisdiction over FEMA. “We stand with local residents and business owners and approach this fight like we do others, by providing good, solid facts that support our argument.”
Congressman Higgins sent a letter to the FEMA Regional Administrator requesting a revision of the Flood Insurance Rate Map for the Buffalo neighborhood. Higgins asserts the neighborhood’s position over 2.5 miles inland and comparative estimates of the time it would take for water to travel to the area represent empirical evidence confirming the existing maps are flawed.
Higgins has been vocal in his criticism of FEMA flood maps for Western New York, which have simply not fairly represented accurate flood risk and have cost local homeowners financially through mandatory flood insurance. The Congressman’s ongoing efforts over the last several years have resulted in over 2,700 homes being removed from federal flood zones.
A timeline of Congressman Brian Higgins’ advocacy to remove Western New York neighborhoods from FEMA flood zone map is available at: https://higgins.house.gov/flood_zone_timeline.pdf