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Government shutdown pushes flood insurance legislation into effect
We're now into Day Two of the federal government shutdown, and we're learning more about exactly what federal services are affected, including one item that some local residents thought Congress would act on before the shutdown.
Many Bridge City homeowners are worried about rising flood insurance costs.
A major provision of the Biggert-Waters act went into effect Tuesday.
Opponents of the act hoped Congress would delay it before the shutdown, but were disappointed.
The act raises flood insurance premiums to reflect flood risk.
FEMA's new flood maps place 85 percent of Bridge City in a flood hazard zone. According to the mayor of Bridge City, this means homeowners in those areas will have to pay rates up to 25 percent more. The mayor says the act has already hurt the city.
The mayor advises Bridge City residents to call their representative about the Biggert-Waters Act.