Sussex County Flood Insurance Rates Could Change With New Map - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Sussex County Flood Insurance Rates Could Change With New Map

Posted:

LEWES, De. - Homeowners in Sussex County gathered at the CHEERS Community Center to discuss federally-mandated changes to the Flood Insurance Rate Map that are looming. The county hasn't updated its map since 2005, and the change is meant to modernize the ever-changing flood plains. The change means that some will be paying more, and others will be paying less, depending on where they live in the county.

Ed McCaffrey of Lewes navigated through the online portal Monday morning. His home in downtown Lewes was directly in the flood-risk zone, as it's been for a long time.

"This street here is one of the lower places in this whole island," he said. "I mean - we get water when a lot of people don't get water."

And with these flood risks, come higher insurance rates. McCaffrey said the insurance rates were so high, that he decided to drop his plan all together. Instead, he raised his home off the ground, in an attempt to avoid potential damage. Now as the flood map is reevaluated, he said he hoped his rates might have dropped. Unfortunately due to his close proximity to the waterline, this was not the case.

Down the road, Christine Long said flooding in Sussex County goes far beyond just the ocean and the bay. Her home not only feels the flooding from the Atlantic Ocean, but also from a small canal that takes in water from the community. These flood-risks drive up the cost of her insurance, something that has made it difficult for her to stay in Lewes.

"I understood some of the risk," she said as she looked over her home. "But certainly it's a different landscape now."

The meeting began at 4:00 in Georgetown, and was attended by members from The Delaware Department of Natural Resources, The Federal Emergency Management Agency and The County Council meeting. Long, suffering from a broken leg didn't attend the meeting, but said the high insurance rates were a concern for her.

"It's not going to be a debate," she said referring to the possibility of her moving. "It's going to be a matter of numbers. What can I afford to handle and what I can't."

To check your insurance rates under the new map, you can visit the Sussex County Portal at http://maps.riskmap3.com/DE/Sussex1/.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Death Investigation Underway in Accomack County

    Death Investigation Ongoing in Accomack County

    Feb 22, 2018 3:18 PM2018-02-22 20:18:00 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 3:35 PM EST2018-02-22 20:35:18 GMT
    The Accomack County Sheriff's Office is conducting a death investigation after they received reports of an unresponsive person Wednesday afternoon.More
    The Accomack County Sheriff's Office is conducting a death investigation after they received reports of an unresponsive person Wednesday afternoon. More
  • Federal Judge Barred Virginia From Old Death Row Policies

    Federal Judge Barred Virginia From Old Death Row Policies

    Feb 22, 2018 2:05 PM2018-02-22 19:05:00 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 3:32 PM EST2018-02-22 20:32:52 GMT
    (Photo: MGN)(Photo: MGN)
    (Photo: MGN)(Photo: MGN)
    A federal judge in Virginia has found that treatment of inmates on Virginia's death row was unconstitutional before recent changes and barred the state from reverting to the old policies.More
    A federal judge in Virginia has found that treatment of inmates on Virginia's death row was unconstitutional before recent changes and barred the state from reverting to the old policies.More
  • House Democrat Joins Ranks of Delaware Lawmakers Not Seeking Re-election

    House Democrat Joins Ranks of Delaware Lawmakers Not Seeking Re-election

    Feb 22, 2018 3:01 PM2018-02-22 20:01:00 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 3:01 PM EST2018-02-22 20:01:12 GMT
    State. Rep. Bryon ShortState. Rep. Bryon Short
    State. Rep. Bryon ShortState. Rep. Bryon Short
    Democratic state Rep. Bryon Short says he will be retiring from the House of Representatives at the end of his term, joining the ranks of Delaware lawmakers opting not to seek re-election this year.More
    Democratic state Rep. Bryon Short says he will be retiring from the House of Representatives at the end of his term, joining the ranks of Delaware lawmakers opting not to seek re-election this year.More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • DelDOT Proposes to Realign Old Orchard Road in Lewes

    DelDOT Proposes to Realign Old Orchard Road in Lewes

    A new DelDOT project aims to address an area that's had over 100 crashes in the past ten years.

    According to new design plans, DelDOT wants to realign Old Orchard Road to create a new, four-way intersection at the existing light at Savannah and Wescoats Roads. DelDOT engineer John Caruano says the project would cost $4 million in state funds, but solve multiple issues in the area.

    More

    A new DelDOT project aims to address an area that's had over 100 crashes in the past ten years.

    According to new design plans, DelDOT wants to realign Old Orchard Road to create a new, four-way intersection at the existing light at Savannah and Wescoats Roads. DelDOT engineer John Caruano says the project would cost $4 million in state funds, but solve multiple issues in the area.

    More
  • Lewes Lightship Being Restored in New Jersey

    Lewes Lightship Being Restored in New Jersey

    A piece of Lewes history is missing. But when she's back, she'll be better than ever. 

    The Lightship Overfalls is currently across the bay in New Jersey, receiving a restoration likened to cosmetic surgery.

    More

    A piece of Lewes history is missing. But when she's back, she'll be better than ever. 

    The Lightship Overfalls is currently across the bay in New Jersey, receiving a restoration likened to cosmetic surgery.

    More
  • Riverside Boat Ramp Construction Delayed in Salisbury, Part 2

    Riverside Boat Ramp Construction Delayed in Salisbury, Part 2

    Construction of a new Riverside Boat Ramp in Salisbury has been delayed, leaving some boaters with concerns as boating season is just around the corner. Work to rebuild the new east-side boat ramp was set to begin by the end of February and be complete by April 1. However, work is now set to begin mid-spring.

    More

    Construction of a new Riverside Boat Ramp in Salisbury has been delayed, leaving some boaters with concerns as boating season is just around the corner. Work to rebuild the new east-side boat ramp was set to begin by the end of February and be complete by April 1. However, work is now set to begin mid-spring.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices