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More Locals Could Need Flood Insurance

Posted by wlpo on April 1, 2010

If you live along the Fox or Illinois Rivers, be in Ottawa April 21st.  That’s the message from Ottawa Building Inspector Mike Sutfin.

Representatives from FEMA, IDNR and insurance officials are holding a floodplain map meeting on the 21st at the Ottawa Knights of Columbus Hall from 6 until 8.  Sutfin says new flood maps have raised the base flood elevation 1 ½ feet, meaning some people who didn’t need flood insurance before need it now.

Sutfin says now is the time to buy flood insurance because you’ll get a preferred premium.  If you don’t get the insurance before flood maps become final, Sutfin says the insurance could go from 200 dollars to costing 2,000 dollars.

The public will have a couple months to comment about the maps before they become final.

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