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Check out new flood zone maps and see how they affect you

SOUTHEAST TEXAS - by Scott Lawrence - Do you live in a flood zone?


The government is updating flood maps that can help you answer that question. The maps include information from Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Ike.


The storm surge from Hurricane Ike damaged and destroyed thousands of homes across Southeast Texas in September of 2008.


A researcher overseeing the project for the Federal Emergency Management Agency told KFDM News the maps reflect a greater risk of flooding in Orange County, but in his words, it's a bit more complicated in Jefferson County.


He said the levee saved much of Port Arthur from floodwaters, and land features, including vegetation and small ridges in southern Jefferson County, also helped prevent massive flooding.


FEMA strongly encourages families to buy flood insurance.


http://www.txchart.com/


http://maps.riskmap6.com/TX/Jefferson/


http://maps.riskmap6.com/TX/Orange/


 

Check out new flood zone maps and see how they affect you

Monday, January 21 2013, 01:33 PM CST
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