“Mayor Carmen Amato and the City Council adopted a resolution Monday asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to include a grandfathering provision in flood insurance laws.
The provision would allow homeowners whose houses were not substantially damaged by Superstorm Sandy to continue to receive lower-cost flood insurance without having to elevate to new flood standards.
He said Berkeley is going to lobby the FEMA-run National Flood Insurance Program to deem those homeowners to be in compliance with new flood maps, as long as their houses met the construction standards at the time they were built.
Mayor Carmen Amato and Council President John Bacchione said they plan to seek support for the measure from other towns in the area. Thousands of homeowners have been unfairly affected by the lack of a grandfathering provision, Amato said.”