“As communities across the region, state and country push back against the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s expansion of flood plains into certain residential areas, residents of Mayfield PA hope a January meeting with the agency brings compromise.

Fearing an expanded flood plain would negatively affect property values and require homeowners to buy costly flood insurance, hundreds of Mayfield residents signed a petition urging U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-17, Moosic, and Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey to oppose FEMA’s expansion late last summer. Mayfield officials met with representatives of the congressman and senators in December, and the parties plan to meet with FEMA and the state Department of Environmental Protection later this month.

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