Wednesday July 13, 2011 | 12:18 PM

A House-passed revamp of the National Flood Insurance Program offers aid to Mainers whose homes have been wrongly judged to be in a flood zone, says Rep. Mike Michaud, D-2nd.

The bill passed Tuesday night, the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2011, broadly renews the National Flood Insurance Program and sets out a plan to reduce Federal Emergency Management Agency’s debt.

But it also creates the ability for homeowners to get federal reimbursement for having to hire a contractor or engineer to obtain what is known as a Letter of Map Amendment to demonstrate the error and have their home taken out of flood plain status. Currently, homeowners must bear those costs.

Michaud said that the Maine State Planning Office has found that the state has the most LOMA’s per capita of any state.

This bill will provide relief to Mainers who find their homes wrongly designated as in a flood zone,” Michaud said in a statement. “This is a serious problem in our state, and I’m pleased this bill will ensure that homeowners are not saddled with additional costs due to inaccurate flood maps.”

The bill passed 406-22. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-1st, also voted in favor.

About this Blog

Subscribe to the
Maine on the Hill RSS

About the Author

Kevin Miller is Washington bureau chief for the Portland Press Herald and MaineToday Media. He has worked as a journalist in Maine for 6 ½ years, covering the environment, politics and the State House. Before arriving in Maine, he wrote about politics, government and education for newspapers in Virginia and Maryland.
Kevin can be reached at 317-6256 or

Subscribe to the
Maine on the Hill RSS

Previous entries

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013


September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

December 2011

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

Further Discussion

Here at we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)
Prefer to respond privately? Email us here.