Flood maps redrawn, Added cost for some

PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) - Is your property in a flood zone? You may want to double-check. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is revising  flood hazard maps in Prince George County. The change is expected to impact hundreds of homeowners.

For some it means they'll no longer need flood insurance -- but for others it means just the opposite.

Benjamin Byrge's home sits along Harrison Creek. Right now, the creek is low but when it rains Byrge says the creek can cause a bit of chaos.

"I do know when it rains my yard turns into a swampy area," said Byrge.

Byrge does not have flood insurance but with flood maps being revised he's worried he may be required to buy some.

"My concern is about the money. How much will I have to pay," he added.

For the first time in 31 years flood maps in Prince George County are being updated. The preliminary change can affect residents in two ways.

"If there was a change in the flood zone on your property and you have a federally backed mortgage you may no longer be required to have flood insurance. It depends on if the flood plain moved further from your home or property," said Sharon Williams, Director of Planning for Prince George County.

If the flood plain is now closer to your property or home you may be required to purchase flood insurance. The county says 285 properties are affected.

Byrge says he'll be contacting the county to see how the new flood maps will impact his pocket. The new flood maps are expected to be adopted by the county early next year.

Prince George County will hold two informational meetings on the new flood maps. The first will take place Tuesday, June 28th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The second is scheduled for Wednesday, June 29th,  from noon until 2 p.m. Both meetings will be held at county administration building.

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