Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., has introduced legislation in Washington, D.C. that would, if adopted, stop FEMA from issuing new flood maps in the Bayshore (or anywhere else for that matter). Rep. Pallone's bill places a temporary moratorium on the federal agency issuing the new flood maps, until the protocol being used by FEMA is revisited.
This bill was in response to a situation during recent months in the Bayshore, where FEMA has been discounting decades of work by the Army Corps of Engineers where it involves flood remediation. Many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle believe the methodology used by FEMA is deeply flawed.
FEMA officials have already gone on the record about how a petition that was circulated in recent months by Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, R-Monmouth/Middlesex, is not going to change any decisions by the agency. That leaves Rep. Pallone's legislation as the Bayshore's last best hope for some common sense.
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