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November 15, 2012

FEMA flood maps cause frustration



Interactive GIS mapping is available   free of charge for property owners to locate and research the issue, according to Curtis.
“FEMA increased the size of the Zone A floodplain this year more than any decrease to the 100 year floodplain,” Curtis said. The only way to be removed is to have a survey done by a state certified surveyor, according to Curtis.
Rogers County provides the information but has no control over how the flood plain determination is written, he added. When the changes were made in April of this year notifications were mailed by many mortgage companies to homeowners, however many people still are not aware of the issue. 
All property owners should be aware of the new floodplain and those that do not currently have a mortgage may not receive any notification. Normal homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage.
“I always recommend even if you do not have a mortgage, to get flood insurance if your property is in the flood plain,” Curtis said.
People can go through the online flood maps or call the office at (918) 341-0486 with their E911 address and we will be happy to help, Curtis said.

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