Kupchick, Tetreau attend legislative task force meeting on shoreline preservation


State Rep. Brenda Kupchick and First Selectman Michael Tetreau recently attended the Shoreline Preservation Task Force meeting at the State Capitol.

In order to gain information about new changes to the National Flood Insurance Program, state Rep. Brenda Kupchick and First Selectman Michael Tetreau participated in the Shoreline Preservation Task Force at the State Capitol on Jan. 15.

Kupchick, who has been a member of the Shoreline Preservation Task Force since 2012, invited Tetreau to join the panel to listen to testimony and provide comments to the task force.

“We have many Fairfield residents that are still in limbo due to a broken system of the Federal Flood Insurance program, Kupchick said. “Many shoreline residents are severely impacted by the Biggert-Waters changes. Bottom line, residents paid into an insurance program for many years and rightfully expected appropriate coverage after Sandy.”

“Thanks to the state legislature for looking into problems with the National Flood Insurance Program,” Tetreau said. “Up to this point, the flood insurance program has let down many of our residents in Fairfield by not providing adequate coverage for damages to their homes and many are still suffering today because of this failure. I look forward to changes in this program that will hopefully not only address the future, but will help many people who are still struggling.”

The Shoreline Preservation Task Force was hosting an informational forum on the Biggert-Waters changes to the National Flood Insurance Program with representatives from the insurance and real estate industries, state departments and agencies, as well as municipal and congressional leaders.

The task force members, municipal leaders, Realtors, private insurance industry and congressional representatives discussed the current challenges shoreline communities are facing any possible legislative solutions on the horizon, and an outlook of the future.

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