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Mikulski calls for FEMA to speed up flood law

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski joined a bipartisan chorus of lawmakers Monday calling on the Obama administration to speed up the implementation of a law intended to mitigate increases in flood insurance premiums.

In a letter to Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Mikulski wrote that families on the Eastern Shore whose homes are located in the state's floodplain are facing "astronomical increases in their flood insurance premiums."

President Obama signed bipartisan legislation last month to stop those premium increases but several lawmakers have raised concerns that FEMA is not moving quickly enough to implement the law.

"Without immediate implementation ... my constituents face enormous increases in their flood insurance premiums which could cause serious financial hardship and even the loss of their homes," the Maryland Democrat wrote. "It is now three weeks after President Obama signed the bill into law and homeowners and insurance carriers are still awaiting relief."

Hundreds of Eastern Shore homes and businesses were flooded by Hurricane Sandy. Mikulski's office estimated that roughly 68,000 buildings were located in the state’s floodplain in 2005.

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