1/29/16 – 6:47 A.M.
A proposed new flood map for Columbus Grove will not be changed. The Putnam County Sentinel reports village officials met with an Ohio Department of Natural Resources specialist to talk about the issue at a recent meeting. The new map will become official in the spring of 2017.
Mayor Ken Wright told council that people who live in the new flood zone will be able to buy flood insurance from FEMA at a lower rate than from private insurance companies. Homeowners can dispute if their home actually falls in the floodplain, but they would have to get a surveyor to prove it.
Some council members felt that they were forced to take part in the program. Councilman Mark Kohls said the sanctions for not joining really took away any element of choice for the village.
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