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By Len Kiese - bio | email

November 12, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Some federal government changes could have some of you shelling out more or less money for insurance.  

The Federal Emergency Management Agency just updated flood maps in nine states including Georgia.

The changes will require some homeowners who have never had to carry flood insurance to get policies. But others who used to be forced to carry flood insurance policies will be able to drop them if their property is no longer in a flood zone.

"For those that thought it was too expensive, it may be a good time to shop right now because there are areas that may qualify for the preferred flood program in which the rates are considerably less than if you're in an A, B, or AE zone," said Allstate Insurance Agent Lonnie Mathis.

Policies can be pricey but as many south Georgians have found out over the years, they can be worth it. Lonnie Mathis urges homeowners to call their insurance agents to find out if their zoning or premiums have changed.

If you'll now be forced to carry policies, your mortgage company should contact you.