The Clewiston News

Diaz-Balart urges FEMA to adopt new flood maps

NAPLES – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the Army Corps of Engineers announced they have accredited parts of the Herbert Hoover Dike. Last summer, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) implemented new flood zone maps that put Clewiston into a higher risk flood zone, resulting in higher flood insurance premiums. This week, Army Corps announced accreditation of sections of the Herbert Hoover Dike, which would positively impact Clewiston residents. Congressman Diaz-Balart has since sent a letter to FEMA requesting immediate revision of the maps.

“For the last year, I have worked tirelessly with Clewiston city leaders, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and industry stakeholders to bring fairness to homeowners and businesses in Clewiston. The current flood maps zoned Clewiston into a higher risk flood zone, crippling the community with much higher flood insurance premiums. In early 2015, I had implored FEMA to delay any change to the flood maps until ongoing rehabilitation projects at the Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD) were completed. I am grateful that after all of the hard work, the Army Corps has accredited parts of the HHD, and urge FEMA to update the current flood maps.

“I would like to thank Mayor Phillip Roland, City Manager Al Perry, City Engineer Tommy Perry, and the Clewiston City Commission, particularly, Commissioner Mali Gardner, for their efforts on this issue. I will continue to work with FEMA to ensure the changes, and therefore the new rates, take effect expeditiously,” said Congressman Diaz-Balart.

“We are appreciative of Congressman Diaz-Balart and his staff for their commitment to work on the town’s behalf after hearing our concerns regarding the new flood maps that we believed did not take into consideration the on-going levee work and the city’s infrastructure. The community will benefit from this collaborative effort and we look forward to working with the Congressman to see this process through,” said City of Clewiston Mayor Phillip Roland.