- Associated Press - Sunday, December 6, 2015

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Some officials in Minot are proposing that the city rewrites its flood-related regulations in an effort to ease any future hikes in flood insurance premiums for residents.

The Minot Daily News (http://bit.ly/1SH9R7M ) reports the city’s Planning Commission is recommending the change.

City engineer Lance Meyer says the new language would comply with Federal Emergency Management Agency mandates. The changes would allow the city to participate in a rating system from the National Flood Insurance Program that can bring some communities premium reductions of up to 45 percent.

The proposed ordinance would force existing properties undergoing substantial changes to rebuild a foot above flood elevation.

Meyer says the change is “preparing” residents for when Minot is included in FEMA’s new flood plain maps because of the 2011 flood.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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