County Floodplain Manager Chuck Grishaber said the massive insurance spikes would affect "thousands" of people in Kanawha County and that people are worried about losing their homes.
"Some were actually packing their boxes," he told commissioners. "(The law) effectively rendered 12,000 structures in Kanawha County un-sellable."
Carper said the commission would send letters to Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, both D-W.Va., and Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.
None of the three has issued a statement on the Biggert-Waters Act so far.
Carper said the county wouldn't rest until the issue is resolved.
"It's not over yet," he said.
Not everyone thinks delays are the best approach.
One interest group, SmarterSafer.org (formerly known as "Americans for Smart Natural Catastrophe Policy"), said in a press release sent to media Tuesday that delays would "endanger financial stability" of the National Flood Insurance Program.
SmarterSafer.org said on its website that it is "a national coalition that is made up of a diverse chorus of voices united in favor of environmentally responsible, fiscally sound approaches to natural catastrophe policy that promote public safety."
The organization noted in its news release that the National Flood Insurance Program is almost $28 billion in debt "with no way to repay the funds."
"Since FEMA has to collect a certain amount in premiums, subsidies will be funded by other policyholders who will pay elevated rates," the news release states.
Instead, the coalition says Congress should slow rates for properties affected by new maps or home sales and apply the effective date of home sale to those sold after Jan. 1, 2014.
The coalition listed additional recommendations in its release including FEMA creating a "means-tested" assistance program, delaying implementation of new maps where FEMA has assessed flood control systems, the Government Accountability Office conducting an affordability study and FEMA using part of its pre-disaster funding to mitigate properties affected by insurance increases.
Contact writer Matt Murphy at Matt.Mur...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4817.