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Congressman joins push to lower flood insurance in Wellsburg

Updated: Thursday, July 3 2014, 05:26 PM EDT

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BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. -  Because more than half of Wellsburg is in a flood zone, and West Virginia has the highest flood insurance rates in the nation, government officials want to help people in the city pay a lower rate for flood insurance.
Businesses and homeowners in the state are suffering now that there are no longer government subsidies on flood insurance.
Wellsburg is one of many towns in the state being affected, and U.S. Congressman David McKinley (R-W.Va.) wants to know why.
"Right now, I'm very skeptical of it as an engineer," McKinley said. "As a business man, I'm dubious. When they start telling me some of the rational, it doesn't fit right. It doesn't feel right. It doesn't sit well with you."
McKinley isn't alone.
City officials voiced similar questions and concerns about the rates. Some even questioned the floodplain map that they say has changed for Wellsburg.
"All along this river, and then you go over to the (Monongahela River) or the Little Kanawa, it's not always a hurricane that's going to get us," McKinley said. "It's going to be a river, it's going to be a flash flood; we have to have other areas that we can take care of."
Flood insurance rates aren't going down any time soon. In fact, they will likely increase by 20 percent over the next 5 years.
"I'm going to continue to push harder on them," McKinley said. "We've got to find some rational. When you hear of some other communities that have lower flood insurance rates than we do, and have fewer people, that's not right."

Congressman joins push to lower flood insurance in Wellsburg


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