North Attleboro residents concerned new flood maps could force costly …
The same thing is happening in Florida and other parts of the world and in some cases home owners are getting maps redrawn, having argued that they are not in flood risk areas. Councils in some cases are bending to the pressure from their rate payers who are concerned about increases in real estate insurance, decrease in property values and the properties being harder to sell.
Of course the other side of the argument is, what happens if the maps are changed and the houses then end up underwater? Do they blame the councils for getting it wrong?
This is a difficult situation that is being faced in coastal areas all over the world. Part of the problem is that when many subdivisions were approved years ago, climate change wasn’t something people knew or thought about, definitely not from the perspective of the average person’s lifespan. Tsunamis were the same, 20 years ago I couldn’t have told you what a tsunami was. Now I’m hoping that my house which is in a once in 100 years risk zone, doesn’t happen in my time. As far as I know it has never happened in my area. Of course you could argue that means it’s due soon.
It does make me glad that I could never afford one of those awesome waterfront properties…..