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Coastal Connection

Each quarter, MCC Chair Joe Rossi publishes a column discussing relevant flood topics. The column is published in the MCC Know Flood Newsletter and local and national newspapers and magazines.


Know Flood Newscast

Listen to the MCC Podcast which discusses major flood related issues that affect you. Hosted by MCC Chair Joe Rossi and Vice Chair Tim Williams, the podcast features special guests, updates on MCC activity, interviews with experts in the flood industry, and topics discussed in the MCC Know Flood Newsletter. The once a month podcast will keep you updated on everything you need to know about flood.

MCC In The News

Below are news articles that feature the Coalition.


Bill gives hope for long-term extension on flood insurance program

Proposed federal legislation meant to give hope to coastal homeowners who have lived under looming lapses in the federally funded National Flood Insurance Program for the last two years is expected to face an uphill battle on Capitol Hill.U.S. Sen.

One year later, Post Island homeowners still rebuilding after storm

Many homeowners from the streets around Post Island Road are still dealing with the aftermath of the March 2018 storm that sent floodwaters surging onto neighborhood roads, destroying dozens of homes. QUINCY – The small brick and clapboard cottage that sat steps from the waterfront on Post Island Road was supposed to be a peaceful place for Ruth and Kenneth Kan to live out their retirement.

National flood insurance program set to expire Friday


Flood insurance program at full capacity as winter looms

Coastal homeowners have one less thing to worry about as winter-storm season looms thanks to an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program and a decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to operate at full capacity despite an ongoing partial government shutdown.Months of short-term extensions and two brief lapses in the program had homeowners and experts frustrated that a more permanent solution may never come.

Rising Waters’ Effect On Coastal Home Values In New England

A discussion about the king tide that crested on Boston waters earlier today, and how rising sea levels are affecting the value of coastal homes in New England.

Congress Extends NFIP Four Months, Calls For Reform

On Tuesday, Congress voted in favor of a bill that extends the 50-year-old National Flood Insurance Plan (NFIP) another four months; the seventh extension since September 2017. The plan was set to expire at midnight.

Extension comes in final hours for flood insurance program

Congress came through with a last-minute saving grace by approving funding just hours before the National Flood Insurance Program was set to lapse Tuesday, but another short-term extension is just putting a Band-Aid on the larger problem, expert Joe Rossi says. The extension approved by the Senate Tuesday funds the program through Nov.

Flood insurance program back before Congress

Yet another extension of the National Flood Insurance Program is set to expire Tuesday, and Massachusetts Coastal Coalition chairman Joe Rossi says his hopes of meaningful reform for the program are getting further and further away. Congress has been approving only short-term extensions of the program for almost a year.

South Shore coastal homes stand tall in face of rising sea

As stilted homes become the norm in many beachfront neighborhoods, neighbors get pushed into the shadows. QUINCY – As sea levels continue to rise, coastal homes are following suit. For beachfront communities confronting encroaching tides and more frequent coastal storms, the answer for many has been to build up.

Flood advocate, survivor training available via web Thursday

Flood survivor and flood advocate training will be conducted from noon-1 p.m. May 31. Those who wish to participate, according to a news release from the Iroquois County Flood Information Group, can do so by accessing the meeting via computer or smartphone at . Flood Forum USA will.

Quincy workshop on flood insurance, mitigation planned for Thursday

QUINCY – Local flood experts will offer residents a chance to learn about flood insurance claims, elevating their homes and other post-disaster resources at a workshop on Thursday.The Massachusetts Coastal Coalition will host an outreach event from 6 to 8 p.m.

Weymouth: SBA Offering Funds For Flood Recovery

Plymouth and Norfolk Counties are among the six counties that fall under a Disaster Declaration issued by the Small Business Administration. Joe Rossi, Chair of the Marshfield Citizens Coastal Coalition, tells WATD News what the requirements are to apply for these loans.

Marshfield residents wading through flooding aftermath

MARSHFIELD – Coastal residents are pulling their lives and property back together following several punishing winter storms that hit the region last month. Dozens gathered at Marshfield’s Ventress Memorial Library Wednesday night where they heard from town officials, Massachusetts Coastal Coalition representatives and flood insurance experts.

Many still without power as Massachusetts cleans up from storm

SCITUATE, Mass. (WHDH/AP) – Utility crews are making steady progress restoring power in Massachusetts following the powerful nor’easter that brought hurricane-force wind gusts and coastal flooding to the region. RELATED: Aerial footage shows devastating aftermath of nor’easter The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said about 70,000 electric customers remained in the dark as of Monday morning.

Marshfield: Tips For Safeguarding Property Ahead Of The Storm

Joe Rossi, Chair of the Marshfield Citizens Coastal Coalition, tells WATD News that when it comes to preparation the most important thing is to make sure you can get out in time. Rossi also says that when it comes to insurance coverage for items in your home, where they’re placed can make a big difference.

Insurance claims flooding in as second storm approaches

QUINCY – Insurance specialists say claims are pouring in for homes across the South Shore damaged by toppled trees, extreme flooding and strong winds during last week’s nor’easter.Damage from the storm extends far beyond the coast, Joe Rossi, an insurance specialist and chairman of the Marshfield Citizens Coastal Coalition said.”It’s incredible.

Towns Declare Emergencies Due to Flooding, Power Outages

Communities in Massachusetts are declaring state of emergencies as residents across the state lose electricity during a fierce early March nor’easter slamming New England with torrential rain, heavy wind gusts, coastal flooding and snowfall. State of emergencies have been declared in Marshfield, Duxbury and Scituate, where officials had long-warned of coastal flooding due to high tides.

Storm brings destructive flooding to Boston

Boston Harbor saw historic flooding as a nor’easter that pounded the East Coast coincided with high tide on Friday. Add Weather as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Weather news, video, and analysis from ABC News. The current record at Boston Harbor was just set in January at 15.16 feet.

Crumbling South Shore sea walls no match for sea

MARSHFIELD – The Alpers’ house stood above the Atlantic Ocean for 115 years, withstanding subzero temperatures that left it encased in ice and outlasting punishing blizzards that toppled other coastal homes and left nearby streets filled with cobblestones.

Marshfield coastal coalition chair says prepare for flooding

MARSHFIELD – A storm moving in later this week could pound the coast with crashing waves and last through several astronomically high tides, which occur during a new or full moon and are higher than normal.While people who live inland will likely see rain and some wind, Joe Rossi, chairman of the Marshfield Citizens Coastal Coalition, said he is “very concerned” about the coast.

National flood insurance program lapses in shutdown

After months of uncertainty and concern with the state of the National Flood Insurance Program, the fears of coastal property owners have come true: the program has expired due to a failure in Congress to pass a budget.



Local experts offer advice for homeowners considering flood insurance claim

MARSHFIELD — As seaside residents assess any damage done to their homes by last week’s storm, they should know their options before filing flood insurance claims, local experts say. The nor’easter brought tides that were nearly record-setting.



Mass. Coastal Communities Deal With Flood Damage After Storm

Coastal Massachusetts communities hit hard by flooding during high tide in Thursday’s massive snowstorm are starting to clean up from the damage left behind. In Scituate, hundreds of residents are still without power after a seawall failed during the storm, causing water to flood homes and business along Oceanside Drive, Lighthouse Road, Rebecca Road, Sixth Avenue, and Seventh Avenue.



For some, storms show towns more resilient against flooding

MARSHFIELD – Glenda Adams said it wasn’t exactly convenient when the town rebuilt the seawall separating her Foster Avenue home from the ocean. The new sea wall, built in 2015, is about 3 feet taller and 6 inches thicker than the previous wall, which was more than 80 years old.


JOE ROSSI: Hurricanes underscore need for national flood insurance

Hurricane Harvey will most likely go down as the most devastating natural disaster in US history. The disaster still unfolding shows the toll on both human life and the financial burdens on both the public and private sectors.



Will Harvey have an impact on New England insurance premiums? – The Boston Globe

The images on our TVs of streets turned into rivers in Houston are sparking flashbacks of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation. That 2005 Gulf of Mexico storm had a big impact here in Massachusetts. That’s because the financial drain on the National Flood Insurance Program prompted Congress to pass a major insurance reform bill in 2012 that caused premiums to rise significantly for many properties here.



More Mainers in flood-hazard zones going without insurance policies

Hundreds of Maine households have dropped their flood insurance policies in recent years, boosting the risk of unrecoverable losses the next time severe flooding hits the state. As of June 30, there were only 8,380 active flood insurance policies in Maine under the National Flood Insurance Program, down 9 percent from five years earlier, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.



Repeat claims inundate federal flood insurance program

As Congress works out the differences in several bills to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program, a local flood insurance expert says lowering the number of properties that put in repeat flood claims is a top priority. Joe Rossi, chairman of the Marshfield and Massachusetts coastal coalitions, said 150,000 buildings across the country are considered problem structures.



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