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new flood zone stirs controversy

FEMA should rethink its flood map

A firefighter and diver waded in the water on Turner Road in Scituate after a storm in February.

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/File 2013

A firefighter and diver waded in the water on Turner Road in Scituate after a storm in February.

Re “Flawed science behind flood maps” by US Representative William Keating (Op-ed, Jan. 11): My thanks to Keating, Representative Stephen Lynch and other members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation for interceding with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the flood map disaster.

Let us not forget that the sole reason for developing this computer modeling is to tell us what will happen if a major storm occurs. What’s been missed is that our coastline, especially that of Scituate and Marshfield, has already experienced exactly these sorts of storms, and the levels of inundation that have been observed differ from the projections put forth by FEMA.

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Modeling should serve to fill in gaps in our knowledge, not replace fact with theory. The scientific method dictates that if observation doesn’t support the hypothesis, then the theory is proved false. FEMA should not implement new flood zones based on flawed science.

Craig Fritz

Scituate

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