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January 2, 2014

Flood maps wrong, but homeowners pay

  • Pressure from lenders has led insurers to require flood insurance for homeowners on the border of flood areas.
    The Oregonian

    PORTLAND — Months after Carol Justice was wrongly told her home needs flood insurance, the Cornelius resident is still paying up — even though a surveyor has since determined her house is not in the flood zone.

    Justice is one of hundreds of Oregon homeowners caught in a faulty system in which lenders lump properties near flood zones with those actually in it, a designation that requires flood insurance. It's an issue that has drawn state scrutiny along with talk of minor federal reforms since an Oregonian story in April about statewide flood zone errors. Locally, the number of Oregon homeowners challenging flood zone designations is on the rise.

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