In a move to help homeowners who face the risk of drowning in huge insurance bills, the city is appealing new FEMA maps that nearly double the number of city properties in flood zones.
Officials say up to 35% of the area the feds designated as flood-prone is labeled inaccurately.
The FEMA maps, which came out in January, placed about 400,000 city residents in flood zones, up from 218,000 under the old ones. The feds’ huge flood zone included 71,500 buildings, nearly twice the 36,000 that the old FEMA maps had.
Many of the homes affected are in Canarsie, Brooklyn, and Howard Beach and the Rockaways in Queens.