PENDLETON - New flood zone maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have created some confusion in Pendleton.
Town Manager Tim McClintick said the maps, which were updated in June, changed the flood zone status of a few homes on Village Parkway near Fall Creek.
McClintick said the change came to his attention when some of homeowners said they received letters from their mortgage companies advising them that they needed flood insurance.
McClintick said the change didn't make sense to him or the homeowners after looking at the maps. The houses have always been close to the flood zone requiring insurance but have never been ruled as being inside the zone.
"It seems to be a gray area right now," McClintick said. "Some of the houses have been changed but the maps don't reflect that change. It's a little confusing."
McClintick said he has been on the phone with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources which plays a part in the creation of the state's flood maps. Who advised him there could be an issue with the way the aerial photographs were lined up.
McClintick questioned why the zoning for a few houses was being changed if the maps looked the same and if the houses hadn't been altered.
If it is a mistake on the DNR's part, it could be an expensive one for the homeowners. Because of the zoning changes, the homeowners will be required to buy flood insurance. McClintick said flood insurance could cost as much as $2,200 per year.
"That seems to be the main concern from the homeowners at this point," he said.
He said the DNR is working to determine whether or not a mistake was made with aerial photos. Even a few feet of difference between the old map and the new one could have caused the change.