Minot leaders to appeal updated FEMA risk maps

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MINOT, N.D. - Minot leaders decided to appeal the updated FEMA Risk Map at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.

The maps, which FEMA recently submitted back to the city, would change the status of thousands of residents who are currently in what are known as low risk X zones to higher risk AE zones, forcing those residents to purchase flood insurance policies.

The city engineer said FEMA would consider an appeal, but it will cost the city roughly $250,000 to file it.

Mayor Shaun Sipma pointed out that keeping flood statuses the same could save the citizens money long term.

The council voted to file the appeal. They have roughly 90 days to get it done.

“We have essentially 90 days once that clock starts probably in a few weeks to submit all of this documentation to FEMA for their review. It's going to be quite an undertaking reconstructing all the engineering and the maps and the studies they have done over the last seven years,” said Meyer.

Meyer also told the council that FEMA makes conservative estimates when calculating its maps.

Sipma said accurate estimates could maintain property taxes and save thousands for residents.