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December 7, 2013

Tierney: Legislators want flood insurance study

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“At the same time as Biggert-Waters, FEMA upgraded their maps,” Tierney said. “They did it by flying over certain areas, and altering maps based on new technology” from the air.

“Communities can appeal these maps, and I have talked to some local leaders who are doing this so that local property owners get fair treatment,” he said.

He indicated he has spoken with Mayor Donna Holaday about what procedures can be used to review and/or appeal new maps, which in some cases have included property hundreds of yards from water.

On a separate topic, Tierney said that there might be a thawing of partisan politics in Washington so that useful legislation can be passed.

“There are elements in Washington that don’t want to get anything done,” said Tierney, who is serving his ninth two-year term. “Call them Young Guns or Tea Party people but they want to block everything.

“But if you are in government you are there to make things better, to pass laws that help people who need it. They aren’t doing that.”

Tierney said that in recent weeks, Republicans and Democrats have been showing more cooperation on bi-partisan issues.

Tierney, however, made no sweeping predictions on how long this period of good feeling might last, or what might be accomplished in the coming year.

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