Congressman Discusses Flood Insurance Problems

Changes have been made to the federal flood insurance program, but they're only a "quick fix".

Owners of businesses on Marietta's Front Street told 6th district Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson Thursday rising flood insurance premiums are making it more difficult to run their businesses.

They add federal government regulations are discouraging them from doing business in flood-prone areas like Marietta.

" I'm trying to run a business in this climate, and that's before EPA," said businessman Bill White. "They're making it real tough."

"Between the health care law, and now the flood insurance program," Johnson responded, "uncertainty over what's going to happen with the tax code, there's a lot of uncertainty floating around out there."

Johnson says the legislation Congress approved recently changing flood insurance rates is set to end in eight months.

He hopes Congress can find a more permanent solution by then.

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