North-Central Penn. Officials: Higher Flood Insurance Rates Will Bankrupt Homeowners

December 13, 2013

Residents and officials in flood-prone north-central Pennsylvania are warning that a new federal law ending subsidized federal flood insurance rates in certain areas will bankrupt homeowners, drive down property values and deplete tax bases.

They testified during a Wednesday hearing in Williamsport held by Lycoming County’s planning and development department.

The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reports that Todd Arthur says coverage for his business property in Muncy is jumping from $1,200 to $13,400 a year.

Arthur, a real estate appraiser, also says homeowners are having a hard time selling and flood-plain properties are losing value.

The flood insurance program has long offered below-cost rates for homeowners in flood zones and is about $25 billion in debt since its creation in 1968. Some members of Congress are trying to undo the changes approved last year.


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  • January 2, 2014 at 9:53 am
    Cheetoh Mulligan says:
    Jack, My comment said flood plain, not flood zone. Does your last name start with an "A"?
  • December 16, 2013 at 3:52 pm
    jack says:
    etracy- see cheetoh
  • December 16, 2013 at 3:52 pm
    jack says:
    cheetah- everyone is in a flood zone. Maybe you should stick to checking out the customers at the counter needing pickles on their burgers. You are either in a low-moderate fl... read more
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