Isle La Motte’s emergency management director Scott Newman said the town is working toward rejoining the national flood insurance program.
"We are beginning that process," Newman said. "We’ve had meetings recently and some residents, particularly living in low-lying areas, think it’s time that we get back into the program."
Newman said the decision is a result of Isle La Motte’s experience during the floods last spring, when Lake Champlain rose to historic levels. Many residents whose homes were damaged did not have flood insurance, and were also not eligible for money from FEMA.
"Financially, the flood was difficult for Isle La Motte because we didn’t participate, so flood insurance wasn’t available to a lot of residents and furthermore, a lot of our shoreline is second homes, so because FEMA does not provide assistance to second properties that was kinda tough," Newman said.
Participation in the national flood insurance program is voluntary. It requires the town to take certain measures to reduce future flood damage, and it allows residents to purchase federally-backed flood insurance.