New FEMA Floodmaps
It means many residents may have to buy flood insurance.
Residents of other counties have received this bad news, but their complaint was that the maps FEMA used were outdated. That's not quite the case in Columbia County. Their maps are from 2004.
But some residents are still questioning their accuracy. Some folks say they've never seen their property flood.
The county sent out notices to residents whose homes would now fall in flood zones. They had 90 days to appeal it. But now that period is over and many still have questions. So the county is hosting an open house.
"There'll be FEMA representatives, water management district representatives, the county, the city... And they certainly will be able to talk to officials to help determine how to remove their property from a flood zone," says Columbia County Flood Planner Brian Kepner.
The open house is this Thursday at the Columbia County Fairgrounds from 4 to 9.
The maps are not set to be finalized until the beginning of next year.
By Anne Imanuel, WCJB TV20 News
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