Pavlov participates in workgroup on flood mapping and flood insurance

LANSING—Sen. Phil Pavlov participated Monday in a workgroup in Harrison Township on flood mapping and flood insurance and how they affect local residents.

Michigan homeowners pay more for flood insurance policies than those in more flood-prone southern states, and we subsidize the cost of flood insurance for southerners.

“The way FEMA currently sets flood insurance rates is simply not right,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “Why should Michigan residents pay for storm damage in southern states? This is just FEMA offsetting risk and funding their own bureaucracy on the backs of Michigan taxpayers.”

FEMA is the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

In addition to rate inequities, workgroup attendees learned the history of flood events and water levels in Lake St. Clair, how flood mapping has been modernized, and expected changes that will affect area residents in the future.

The meeting was hosted by state Rep. Frank Foster, chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation.

In addition to Pavlov and Foster, workgroup participants included Congresswoman Candice Miller; state Rep. Andrea LaFontaine; members of the Michigan Senate Committee on Natural Resources, Environment, and Great Lakes; and members of the Michigan House Committee on Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation.