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By Len Kiese - bio | email

January 22, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Flood maps will be changing across the state meaning some will soon have to fork over money for flood insurance for the first time.

Because they're either outdated or areas were never mapped at all, the state and federal governments are in an aggressive process of modernizing flood hazard maps.

Several Albany and Dougherty County residents came out to a flood risk information open house Thursday night to get a look at those updated maps. Some are no longer in the flood plain, but many now are. 

Technology has allowed the maps to be more accurate. Most mortgage companies require homeowners living in flood zones to carry flood insurance.

"If that is the case, those persons will be able to see that happening and they can begin purchasing flood insurance today or tomorrow at a cheaper rate as opposed to waiting for that map to go effective and showing them in that flood plain," said DNR State Coordinator Collis Brown.

The new flood maps won't be official until September 25th and that's when homeowners would have to pay much more to obtain insurance.

To find out more about the changes, you can contact your local planning and development office. 

You can also visit www.georgiadfirm.com.   Click on "Mapping Status" and scroll down to your county.

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