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New Flood Zone Could Be Costly for Area Homeowners

New mapping of area flood zones is bad news for some area homeowners. Some received a letter advising them that they now reside in a special flood hazard area. NewsChannel 10 knocked on doors to find out what neighbors have to say about it. 

For the past seventeen years, six homes on Brookhaven Drive have been outside a special flood hazard area. But in updated FEMA flood maps now being finalized, they'll be on the inside. 

"We're just saying some new studies have been done and there's a potential for flooding that wasn't reflected in 1991," says Danny Cornelius with Canyon Code Enforcement. 

Nancy Biffle lives just across the street from the new flood designation.  "I would be concerned about my neighbors... property values that it might adversely effect them someway," she says. 

Cornelius doubts property values will take a big hit, but says people like Biffle should be aware of the expansion. 

"It doesn't mean because you're across the street and you're in the zone that's not in the 100-year flood plain, we're not saying you're not gonna flood. There's always that chance of a flood from creek flooding from runoff flooding," says Cornelius. 

For those now in the flood zone, Cornelius recommends homeowners buy flood insurance if they haven't already. 

"Now if you wait until after that map becomes effective then you will have to purchase insurance at the higher rate, at the flood plain rate." 

The remapping is going on across Potter and Randall counties, meaning other homeowners could face similar changes. To find out if a flood change is in store for your neighborhood, you can contact your city or county government.

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