Congressional plan would delay higher flood insurance rates for four years

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Relief could be on the way for coastal communities that are bracing for skyrocketing flood insurance rates.

Sen. Bill Nelson's Office says a bipartisan group of lawmakers in both the House and Senate have reached an agreement that would delay rate increases for four years.

The proposed legislation is expected to be filed in the Senate on Tuesday.  The bill comes after a new law went into effect earlier this month that phased out flood insurance subsidies and increased rates by the thousands.

Sen. Nelson says the new bill would delay rate hikes for four years and require FEMA to complete an affordability study before increasing any flood insurance premiums in the future.

"This is great news for many Floridians who've been told their flood insurance rates were going way up," Sen. Nelson said in a press release.  "If people can't afford the coverage, what good is it going to do?"

Nelson's office says that with both chambers of Congress in agreement, the legislation is expected to pass quickly.

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Wondering if you're in a high risk flood zone? CLICK to search for your address on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's(FEMA) official Map Service Center.

Once you find the map for your area, use FEMA's "Definitions of FEMA Flood Zone Designations" to better understand what it's showing.

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If you want to contact your Congressman:


Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R), Dist. 12:
2313 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-5755
Fax: 202-225-4085


Rep. Kathy Castor (D), Dist. 14:
205 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202)225-3376
Fax: (202)225-5652


Rep. Dennis Ross (R), Dist. 15:
229 Cannon HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-1252
Fax: (202) 226-0585


Rep. Vern Buchanan (R), Dist. 16:
2104 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5015
Fax: (202) 226-0828


Sen. Marco Rubio (R)
284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510
Phone: 202-224-3041


Sen. Bill Nelson (D)
United States Senate
716 Senate Hart Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-5274
Fax: 202-228-2183

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