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Published September 22, 2011, 10:08 PM

Wilkin County sees changes in flood plain

Breckenridge, MN (WDAY TV) - Homeowners in Wilkin County are getting their first look at a revised flood plain maps, the first such maps in more than three decades. There are many changes, and it means more people need flood insurance.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

Homeowners in Wilkin County are getting their first look at a revised flood plain maps, the first such maps in more than three decades. There are many changes, and it means more people need flood insurance.

The last time the county updated its map was back in 1978. Since then, there have been many floods. The historic one in Breckenridge in 1997 is just one of them. Now, with changes to the river channel and flood control, homeowners are seeing if their houses are in harms way.

FEMA and the Minnesota DNR held an informational meeting in Breckenridge. Homeowners came to see the newly released maps. The maps are preliminary and don't cover some flood control. They cover 198 miles of updated information. Nearly 50 more miles of territory have been studied that previously hadn't been. Everything in blue is now in the 100 year flood plain. All these high risk homeowners need to buy insurance if they have a federally insured or regulated mortgage.

Suzanne Jiwan – Minnesota DNR: “They've added some areas that weren't mapped as being in the flood plain before and the areas that got mapped are rural areas up in the northern part of the county and the southeastern part of the county.”

The final maps will be done in 2013. Insurance will become more expensive then if you are in the 100 year flood plain. To see these digital maps, go the DNR's website.

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