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New FEMA flood maps could mean big changes

ANNAPOLIS — A long line of anxious property owners snaked through the cafeteria, past a sign-in table and down the hall — each of them waiting to be told whether they were in or out.

Floodplain maps have been redrawn by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware, a change that could shift properties into or out of a flood risk zone.

The updated maps are used to calculate flood insurance rates, so for homeowners whose properties moved into FEMAs designated flood risk areas, the map change could mean paying more for flood insurance.

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