Local officials in the Town of Fishkill have asked federal representatives in Washington to seek a delay in flood insurance requirements.
Town Supervisor Robert LaColla said the issue was brought to light by local residents.
“Several constituents had come to us to ask about what can be done about their banks requiring flood plain insurance,” LaColla said. “Many of these people have never had an issue, they never put in a claim, they’ve never had water in the building, yet they were being asked to buy insurance at a cost of $300 to $3,000.”
The town has asked the area members of Congress to intervene with a stay to provide relief of 12 to 18 months to give the local residents time to address the issue.