River towns hit hard by rising flood rates in Pa. - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

River towns hit hard by rising flood rates in Pa.

Posted: Updated:

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - More than 34,000 homeowners and businesses in Pennsylvania will see their flood insurance rates rise as the federal government tries to shore up the National Flood Insurance Program.

An analysis by The Associated Press finds that there are 57 cities and towns where at least 100 homes or businesses are facing some sort of price hike.

Those with the most are Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Bristol, Johnstown, Jersey Shore and Wilkes-Barre. Twenty-two have a population of less than 5,000.

In Pennsylvania, numerous river towns have downtowns that sit squarely within designated flood hazard zones and rising premiums could deliver a gut punch.

Jim Brett of the Brett Insurance Agency in Johnstown says that no one will ever buy another building with this kind of flood insurance cost in towns like Johnstown that are starved for business investment.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Governor to help kick off 161st Ohio State Fair

    Governor to help kick off 161st Ohio State Fair

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:55 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:55:35 GMT
    It's time for the Ohio State Fair.More >>
    It's time for the Ohio State Fair.
    More >>
  • Boy, 15, arrested in Ohio teen girl's slaying

    Boy, 15, arrested in Ohio teen girl's slaying

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:45 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:45:06 GMT
    Police in Columbus say a 15-year-old boy has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old girl.More >>
    Police in Columbus say a 15-year-old boy has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old girl.
    More >>
  • Ohio man accused of killing mom, living with body

    Ohio man accused of killing mom, living with body

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:41 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:41:54 GMT
    Prosecutors in northeast Ohio say a 33-year-old man stabbed his mother to death then lived in the house with the decomposing corpse for about six months.More >>
    Prosecutors in northeast Ohio say a 33-year-old man stabbed his mother to death then lived in the house with the decomposing corpse for about six months.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms