(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz and City of Sweetwater Mayor Manny Maroño held a press conference on Monday, October 3, 2011 announcing the outcome of a long appeals process with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on flood zone issues. Classified as a high-risk flood zone by FEMA in 2009, Sweetwater has been an area racked by increased flood insurance rates for residents, despite the city completing a $20 million project to install pumps that prevent flooding, as well as additional maintenance to improve drainage near sidewalks. However, Commissioner Diaz and Mayor Maroño partnered to finally get this ruling appealed.
Mayor Maroño filed a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) with FEMA to take Sweetwater off the high-risk map. FEMA recently responded to the appeal, removing certain areas of Sweetwater from this classification. About 2,000 homes will be affected by this ruling, allowing these homeowners to save on their flood insurance.
"Many cities in Miami-Dade do all they can to prepare for our tropical climate and the severe weather it sometimes brings. The City of Sweetwater did everything possible to prevent flooding in the area and consequently lower the potential for property damage," said Commissioner Diaz. "This successful appeal is truly a victory not only for Mayor Maroño and me, but for Sweetwater homeowners."
For more information, please contact Commissioner Diaz's office at 305-599-1200.
Photo caption: Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz (at podium) with City of Sweetwater Mayor Manny Maroño and council members.