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City floodplain reduced, clears hundreds of homes

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Posted By: Camila Orti

Hundreds of homes and businesses along Antelope Creek will no longer have to pay for flood insurance.

It's all thanks to a major reduction in Antelope Creek's floodplain; Mayor Chris Beutler announced Thursday that the revised map was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, clearing a total of about 1,000 structures that were formally in the flooding zone.

"Before the projects, the floodplain was about 800 feet wide in this area," Beutler said in a news conference.

The reduction is a result of several follow-up projects to the Antelope Valley Project, which increased the channel capacity and was completed in 2010. This most recent revision clears 120 acres of land containing more than 400 structures out of harms way, relieving property owners from paying expensive flood insurance premiums each year.

"When we started here 14 years ago, I think it was no more than about $400 or maybe even less," Floodplain homeowner Daniel Alit said.

He says his flood insurance has gone up every year. Last year, he and his wife (both retired and living off social security) paid more than $1,000 for it.

"It's got to come from somewhere and it's always been, you might say, a burden," Alit said.

But not anymore. The floodplain reduction takes his house off that map.

The project was spearheaded by the University of Nebraska and the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District.

The revisions go into effect June 27th.

For further information, including revised maps, click here.

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