WASHINGTON, D.C. (KMOX)-Those who could be forced to buy flood insurance for the first time under new FEMA flood maps due out next spring, are closer to getting a reprieve.
The US House Thursday overwhelmingly approved a measure that would delay the implentation of the new flood insurance requirements for five years and phase in any higher premiums based on the maps over the next five years.
Illinos Congressman Jerry Costello says the bill gives local officials time to make the necessary levee repairs, without penalizing those living behind them.
Metro East levee districts are in the process of hiring a private contractor, to bring the levees up to federal standards within a few years. The bill now goes to the Senate.
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