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City Council votes to comply with FEMAs new flood plain

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About 400 properties in Rapid City will soon be 're-zoned' into a flood plain as the Rapid City Council votes to comply with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) new regulations.

FEMA's announcement to update the flood plain maps has people living in those areas fighting the change. The areas include properties on Nebraska, East Centennial and East Mead Streets.

Those against the mandated changes say the newly drawn floodplain could potentially raise their insurance costs and lower property values.

City Council members say they really don't have a choice but to adopt FEMA's new policy; otherwise Rapid City stands to lose out on federally backed flood insurance, and other help in the event of a flood.

Council members did suggest conducting a possible study to determine if a floodway ditch in the area would help curb some costs for the homeowners.

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