The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has finally corrected the Special Flood Hazard Area designation that was wrongly placed on the Corn Hill Neighborhood, after years of city council members seeking the correction.
“I am a resident of Corn Hill, and have been advocating for my neighbors for years, and am thankful to Bergmann Associates for the work that they did in 2015 to verify that this designation was an error, and ultimately resulted in this correction,” at-large council member Carolee Conklin stated. “The homeowners in Corn Hill will be thrilled to hear that this has been rectified, and their insurance rates can return to normal. Some Corn Hill residents have had to pay $4,000 to $5,000 for flood insurance because of the error.”
FEMA released a map citing Corn Hill as a community that required additional flood insurance in 2008, in conjunction with normal homeowners’ insurance policies, which cost area homeowners thousands of dollars each year, Conklin and city council member Adam McFadden stated.
Yet, according to Conklin, although the Genesee River used to flood regularly, it has not flooded since the 1950s, prior to when the city built its Mount Morris and Court Street dams.
As a result, the city commissioned Bergman Associates to conduct a study to corroborate its findings last year.
In addition, Mayor Lovely Warren submitted legislation to city council on March 8, to accept FEMA’s changes to the flood map.
“As the South District Representative, I have fought for years to have this map corrected,” McFadden stated. “It has been unfair to my constituents that they had to pay for FEMA’s mistake. On the 22nd of this month, this legislation will be one that I will be voting in favor of, and I urge my colleagues to do the same.”
The city’s Parks and Public Works Committee will vote on the legislation March 17; city council will vote on the legislation during its meeting March 22.