- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. (AP) - Officials in Wrightsville Beach plan to challenge new federal flood plain maps in a move that could save some residents thousands of dollars in insurance premiums.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports (https://bit.ly/1J2rDLG ) the town’s board of aldermen agreed Thursday to challenge the maps prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The maps show that parts of the Harbor Island area are now at a high risk of flooding. But the town, working with a consulting firm from Charleston, South Carolina, contends that those areas should be classified as a lower risk.

An engineer told the board Thursday that the federal government used incomplete data in determining the flood risk and didn’t take into account things such as buildings and vegetation that can block flood waters.

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Information from: The StarNews, https://starnewsonline.com

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