Rep. Barletta announces new FEMA designation for Scranton flood area

Jul 7, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Lou Barletta, PA-11, announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved a new designation for an area of Scranton that will reduce the flood insurance rates for residents.

“I was just notified that FEMA issued a revision to the City of Scranton’s effective Flood Insurance Study and Rate Map dated August 15, 1980. Portions of the City of Scranton along the Lackawanna River have now been designated Zone A99. This 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,” Rep. Barletta said. “This is a significant amount of money, especially in these difficult economic times."

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.

FEMA released the revised map in a letter to the City of Scranton dated July 6. 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.

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.

“I’d like to thank FEMA for their prompt and careful consideration of the City of Scranton’s Zone A99 request. I’d also like to commend the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for their work in developing the flood protection plan for Scranton,” Rep. Barletta said. “There is work that has to be done, but this is a good step that provides some relief for the residents and business owners of Scranton.”