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Poquoson residents balk at higher flood insurance rates
A group of around 20 Poquoson residents collectively gasped during a community meeting Thursday when a city official told them they should expect their flood insurance rates to go up by 45 percent over the next several years.
The rate hike is the result of new federal legislation meant to keep FEMA, which is currently about $20 billion in the hole, financially solvent. At the mention of the higher rate, one woman in the crowd blurted, "Good grief, Charlie Brown!"
Ken Somerset, floodplain manager for Poquoson, said the rate increase for most residential properties that serve as primary residences will go into effect gradually over the next four or five years unless the home is sold, the policy lapses, a new policy is purchased or the home sustains severe repeated flood losses of four claims or more.
Somerset also discussed a new flood zone feature shown on the city's updated FEMA flood maps that will effectively create a new flood zone. The new feature, called the Limits of Intermediate Wave Action, is an intermediate flood zone for waves of 1.5 feet to 3 feet.
Somerset said the city is working to set up a community meeting with FEMA mapping and insurance specialists before the updated maps are approved. He said citizens will have 90 days to appeal the flood zone for their property, which will begin sometime in August or September.
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Thursday - May 23, 2013
Poquoson officials to discuss impacts of flood map changes
Poquoson residents who are currently in lower-risk flood zones could be subject to more stringent building codes and facing higher insurance rates as a result of proposed changes to the city's FEMA flood maps that are effectively adding a new flood zone.
Ken Somerset, floodplain manager for Poquoson, said the proposed new flood zone feature is called the Limits of Intermediate Wave Action. City officials are holding a community meeting on Thursday to discuss the effect of the new feature and other changes on the maps.
The intermediate wave feature outlines an area between the portion of the flood zone that is subject to wave pounding action, called the V zone, and the portion of the flood zone that is not, known as the A zone.
Somerset said the V zone is classified as having at least 3-foot waves. The new intermediate wave area will outline a flood zone that is subject to waves of one and a half to three feet.
The community meeting on the proposed FEMA flood maps will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in City Hall at 500 City Hall Ave., Poquoson
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Wednesday - M
Poquoson turns in a gem to top Lafayette, advance to Bay Rivers semifinals
Poquoson High used to do this kind of thing all the time, putting on postseason baseball clinics filled with steady pitching, timely hitting and terrific defense.
The Islanders hadn't put on one like they did Monday since the days of Virginia Tech third baseman Chad Pinder and Virginia pitcher Kyle Crockett, both named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team hours earlier.
With Crockett's dad Gary and Pinder's dad Chris looking on, the No. 6-seeded Islanders mirrored the Islanders of old in beating No. 3 Lafayette 6-0 in the Bay Rivers District tournament quarterfinals at the Warhill Sports Complex. The Islanders (10-10) advance to the tournament semifinals and will face No. 2 seed New Kent (16-4) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at York High.
Poquoson must win the tournament to advance to the Region I tournament, a trick it pulled off from a fourth or lower seed four times in the previous decade. That will become less of a long shot than it appears on paper if the Islanders can replicate their all-around performance.
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Tuesday - May 21, 2013
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