Flood zone changes impacting Tampa Bay area homeowners

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Are you living in a flood zone?

Before you answer that question, you might want to check FEMA’s updated flood maps. Thousands of people are just beginning to learn that, unlike years past, their homes are now inside FEMA’s danger zone.

FEMA engineers used infrared technology and lasers to remap the land and the results have changed the landscape when it comes to flood zones. As a result, you could be forced to purchase flood insurance for the first time or pay more for the same amount of coverage.

There are some things you can do right now to protect yourself and reduce your costs, but it won’t be easy.

Keith Cate will show you why some people are willing to go to new heights to fight Mother Nature while trying to follow the government’s strict building guidelines. Watch his full Flood Zone/Danger Zone special report Tuesday at 6 p.m. on News Channel 8.

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