HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - A map change is in the works for parts of Hampton that couldprove to be a costly one for some residents.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) re-drew the areasdesignated as flood zones. It will affect about 7,000 properties.Some are no longer in a flood zone, others are added, and someremain the same.
Flooding from last November's Nor'easter and Hurricane Isabel in2003 started to redefine Hampton's Flood Zones even before FEMAmade the map changes.
Seen on the map, the dark red areas designate the changesrecommended by FEMA. Not surprisingly, the bulk of the new floodzones are located along the Chesapeake Bay and the Back River.
Residents living in the designated flood zones will be requiredto purchase adequate flood insurance, required by their mortgagecompany, not the city Of Hampton.
According to Floodsmart.gov, the average cost of flood insuranceis less than $600 per year; however, more expensive policies thatcover both the house and what's in it, can cost thousands ofdollars a year, especially if the property is considered to be in ahigh-risk flood zone.
Hampton city officials say 1,740 properties are in newlydesignated flood zones. Affected residents will have 90 daysbeginning in late July to appeal a flood zone change. That processwill require the property owner to produce an engineer to presenttechnical proof that FEMA made a mistake when redrawing themap.
The Hampton City Council will adopt the new map after is hasbeen reviewed and approved by FEMA.
There are three public meetings scheduled to discuss the floodzone changes. The first is Monday at 6:30 at Kecoughtan High Schoolon Woodland Road.
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