Pat Schuchman, a town building official, says the risk reduction was a surprise to many residents. The News Journal reports FEMA's insurance study did not include data from Hurricane Sandy that would have affected risk.
According to FEMA's website, if a building exceeds the minimum elevation requirements, flood insurance premiums will be lower. The town decided against a 90-day appeal for the maps. FEMA will review the town's flood ordinances before zone changes are implemented in June.
The town already receives a 10 percent discount on flood insurance for participating in FEMA's Community Rating System
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