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FEMA revises Laurel flood maps

FEMA revises Laurel flood maps

Some Laurel property owners may soon be required to purchase flood insurance as the Federal Emergency Management Agency has revised the city's flood insurance rate maps that will add 50 properties to the high-risk flood zone.

According to Dawn Hawkins-Nixon, acting associate director for the Sustainable Initiatives Division at the Maryland Department of Environment and coordinator of Prince George's County's National Flood Insurance Program, FEMA is working to update the nationwide flood maps to take into account erosion, weather events and land use, which began in 1989.

"In the case of P.G. County, the effective flood insurance rate maps date back to 1937,"...