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April 23, 2013

Hundreds of Waterloo homes and businesses could be taken out of the flood plain.

Two years ago, FEMA added more than 300 properties along Waterloo’s underground Dry Run Creek to the flood map, requiring them to purchase flood insurance.

Homes and businesses in the affected area along West 5th Street were frustrated because that part of town has never flooded, not even during record river levels in 2008.

The city of Waterloo’s spent the past two years fighting FEMA over the flood plain changes, and a new engineering study shows many of those properties should not be on the flood map.

“We don’t want to get folks’ hopes up that they can drop their flood insurance right away, but we are working on trying to get to that point so that those who can get out of it will be able to,” said city of Waterloo associate engineer Jamie Knutson.

The final paperwork with the new study’s results are being sent to FEMA.  It could take anywhere from six months to a year to get the flood maps changed, removing properties from the flood plain.