Revised FEMA flood maps pose major headache for Ithaca homeowners
Revised FEMA flood maps pose major headache for Ithaca homeowners


ITHACA, N.Y.—Ithaca homeowners are used to dealing with higher tax assessments and the property taxes rising accordingly, as home values continue to rise and buyers line up whenever a home comes up for sale.

However, this year comes with a new and unpleasant surprise. The new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood maps rolling out portend a deluge of expenses, something many homeowners aren’t ready for.

The latest headache for hundreds of Ithaca property owners involves proposed revisions to the flood insurance maps used to determine the likelihood of flooding in and around Tompkins County. The latest updates greatly expand the areas of flood risk, into some very heavily populated neighborhoods within the City of Ithaca.

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