FEMA maps "rescinded" in DC

Just when you think the power of politics has failed the country, think again.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) dropped plans on Wednesday to expand its flood hazard zones in the Washington, D.C., area.

According to an article in the Washington Post, dated June 18, the agency sent a letter announcing its decision after a lawsuit was filed on Monday.

City lawyers called the maps “arbitrary and capricious.”

I think the Bayshore needs to get itself some of those lawyers.

Taken from an e-mail I just sent to a colleague:

You know, I’m often criticized because some of the work I’ve done with FEMA has been “political.” Well, sad but true, the re-evaluation of these maps was “political” and has been since day one. The fact they were “rescinded” is soaked in politics.

A strong appeal to change the maps would only do that: change them. Having the maps go away is another story, and clearly something possible if the right people get involved.

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