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Mississippi Ends Hunting Camp Exemption to Save State’s NFIP Status

A bill passed by the Mississippi Senate would remove the hunting and fishing camp exemption from floodplains regulations to enable the state to remain in the National Flood Insurance Program
March 28, 2012

A bill passed by the Mississippi Senate would remove the hunting and fishing camp exemption from floodplains regulations to enable the state to remain in the National Flood Insurance Program. A request from the state for a waiver for these properties was denied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and if the state does not change its law, it would be removed from the program on May 5. Under the bill, which is now awaiting the governor's signature, existing hunting and fishing camps would be grandfathered in, but owners would have to comply with new elevation requirements and codes if they ever sustain more than 50 percent damage. Being excluded from the flood program would boost premiums because homeowners would have to seek flood coverage from private insurers, says Rep. Charles Busby (R-Pascagoula).

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