Logan CrawfordAug 29, 2017, 4:05 pmAug 30, 2017, 6:42 am

Senator Schumer calls for extension of gov't flood insurance

Official visits Long Beach to discuss why the program shouldn't be allowed to expire and how it will help during hurricane season


Homeowners on Wyoming Avenue in Long Beach say their street is in danger of flooding if a hurricane hits, echoing concerns shared by Senator Chuck Schumer who visited the area to discuss the government’s flood insurance which is soon to expire.

Neighbors say many of the homes that sit by the Atlantic Ocean were badly damaged during super storm sandy.

Liz Treston is currently raising her house in the event of future floods. She says if public flood insurance ends and is privatized, she wouldn't be able to do this.

"I wouldn't be able to afford it. I would have to be welcome to them putting a lot of people on state assistance," Treston said.

Senator Schumer says on the heels of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the government's flood insurance program is about to expire.

He says the public insurance is a must-have for Long Islanders, many of whom he says wouldn't be able to afford it if it was privatized, like Treston.

Schumer says the Chairman of the House Banking Committee in charge of flood insurance wants to either end the program or greatly cut it back.

"Prices for homeowners would go way up, the number of people covered would go way down and people would be stuck," Schumer said.

Schumer is calling for an extension of the program, especially since it is due to run out during New York's hurricane season.

Schumer says the flood insurance program should be improved, not cut back.

"We have made good progress, Sandy and the aid that came wasn't perfect but it was a lot better than having nothing," he said.

He also wants to provide aid to Texas even though Texas lawmakers voted against helping New York during Sandy.

"And as long as they submit a program to us, we'll scrutinize it carefully, and we'll be sure to protect other regions, not just Texas, but we're not going to do what they did to us and just stick it to us because it's not our area," he said.

Schumer says he wants to make the flood insurance program better by getting money to people sooner, making sure the increases aren't too big while covering all areas affected by floods.

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