Rep. Barletta announces FEMA, Army Corps of Engineers meeting to discuss Scranton flood insurance designation

Aug 19, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON– U.S. Representative Lou Barletta, PA-11, announced that federal and local officials will hold a meeting on Monday, August 22, to discuss the new flood map in Lackawanna County as well as the recent A-99 Flood Zone designation for the City of Scranton.

That meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Scranton High School, 63 Mike Munchak Way, Scranton. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Participating agencies will include the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the City of Scranton.

In July, Rep. Barletta announced that FEMA approved a new designation for an area of Scranton that will reduce the flood insurance rates for residents. Portions of the City of Scranton along the Lackawanna River have now been designated Zone A99. The new designation means residents who live in the Albright Avenue, Plot, and Green Ridge sections could enjoy a 20-percent reduction in their flood insurance rates through the National Flood Insurance Program.

The Zone A99 designation means FEMA determined that the Scranton flood protection project has reached certain completion milestones, and that the project meets adequate progress requirements. The Zone A99 designation could provide relief in flood insurance rates for residents in these areas. Residents in Zone A99 areas are still subject to the mandatory flood insurance requirements of the NFIP.

About 700 residential and commercial properties could be affected by the new Zone A99 designation.

On April 18, Rep. Barletta met with officials from FEMA, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the City of Scranton to discuss the Zone A99 designation and the Lackawanna River flood protection project. During that meeting, Rep. Barletta asked FEMA to expedite the revisions so residents could see the reductions in their flood insurance rates as quickly as possible.

Rep. Barletta’s office will continue working with FEMA and other federal, state, and local agencies to make sure residents in the newly designated zone understand what it means for them. This meeting is part of that process.