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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

FEMA Flood Maps

I recently helped to successfully resolve a dispute between Park Mesa Heights homeowners and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). As a result the homeowners in the area, which is part of the Hyde Park neighborhood in Los Angeles, will not be required to purchase costly flood insurance. 

The Park Mesa Heights area had recently been designated by FEMA as a flood plain for the very first time, but this designation was questionable because the area had never flooded. In addition, FEMA’s maps were a departure from the original maps issued in the 1980s, which showed that the area was not prone to flooding. The implication of the new flood maps meant that homeowners with a federal mortgage would be forced to buy costly flood insurance.

As Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity, which has jurisdiction over the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) administered by FEMA, I began communications with FEMA in order to understand why the area had been designated as a flood plain and to request FEMA reconsider its decision, which they did. I joined FEMA at a town hall on January 30th to share the good news with residents in person, after having previously sent them a letter, and to answer any questions that they may have.

Below is information on how Hyde Park/Park Mesa Heights homeowners with a federally-related mortgage loan can obtain a refund for flood insurance.  Affected homeowners live in an area roughly shaped like a half-circle bounded by Hyde Park Boulevard to the south, 5th Avenue to the west, West Slauson Avenue to the north and Arlington Avenue to the east.  Please see the map below.
 

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April 17, 2014 Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) drew a standing-room-only crowd for an Emergency Preparedness Workshop held at the George Nakano Theater in Torrance on Saturday, April 12. The event was designed to increase disaster awareness and preparedness planning for constituents, their families and neighborhoods. Experts from federal, state and local government were on hand to answer questions and help people get prepared in the event of a man-made or natural disaster.

March 13, 2014 Press Release

In an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 301-91, today the U.S. House of Representatives passed comprehensive legislation designed to end unaffordable flood insurance rate hikes.  Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, today lauded passage of H.R. 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act.

February 5, 2014 Press Release

Today, House Republicans rejected a Democratic procedural motion to bring bipartisan legislation that would delay the implementation of flood insurance increases up for a vote.

Using a parliamentary procedure called the "previous question," House Republicans blocked an effort to bring H.R. 3370, the bipartisan Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, to the House floor. This legislation, which has 182 cosponsors from both sides of the aisle, recently passed the U.S. Senate by an overwhelming majority of 67-32.

January 28, 2014 Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, lauded tonight's Senate vote to move forward with debate on the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, bipartisan legislation introduced in the House and Senate to fix the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

The Senate voted 86-13 on the procedural motion, which would delay increases in flood insurance premiums until the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) puts in place a plan to ensure they are implemented affordably.

November 19, 2013 In The News

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., introduced an aggressive bipartisan plan to fix the National Flood Insurance Program this past week.

Her new plan delays potential rate increases up to four years, while giving lawmakers time to obtain an affordability study from FEMA and to address lingering issues raised by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act.

Waters noted that the Biggert-Waters Act brought many "unintended consequences." Her new legislation is designed to remedy those issues.

October 31, 2013 Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) has spearheaded a broad, bipartisan coalition of 95 Members of the House of Representatives in introducing a legislative solution to fix the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and ensure changes are implemented affordably.

August 29, 2013 Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, today released the following statement expressing her continued commitment to the people of the Gulf Region, many of whom are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

July 10, 2013 In The News

WASHINGTON -- One of the authors of the 2012 flood insurance reform law has written a letter with 26 congressional colleagues that asks the Federal Emergency Management Agency to take administrative steps to avert huge increases in premiums resulting from the agency's implementation of the law.

June 6, 2013 Press Release
Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, made the following statement yesterday on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Ranking Member Waters called for bipartisan support to an amendment, offered by Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) that would delay implementation of Section 207 of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, and provide relief for many homeowners across the nation facing significant increases in their flood insurance premiums.
May 14, 2013 In The News

The co-author of legislation that Louisiana officials say is leading to significant hikes in federal flood insurance premiums promised Saturday to work with congressional colleagues and the Obama administration officials to resolve the problem.

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