Published: Jan 09, 2014 5:48 PM EST
Updated: Jan 09, 2014 6:26 PM EST

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.- A Southwest Florida woman is taking her fight for affordable flood insurance to Washington.

Since flood insurance subsidies dried up in 2013, Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce President Christine Ross watched as the local economy slowly began to sink.

"We're seeing real estate deals stop. We're seeing businesses decide not to move close to the water. They're picking other areas to go to," Ross said.

Ross joined the Coalition for Sustainable Flood Insurance, a nationwide advocacy group.  She said she has since realized the Sunshine State isn't the only one with policy holders in deep water.

"We're getting stories in from Utah and Oregon and Colorado," Ross said. "Pennsylvania, Massachusetts -- I mean, it's a nationwide problem."

Florida properties are considered the highest risk for flood, but Ross has examples from around the country of rates skyrocketing, in some cases, more than 6,700 percent.

A vote for Sen. Bill Nelson's (D - Florida) Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act was delayed Wednesday.  The Senate is expected to vote on it next week.
Senators are expected to vote next week.