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Ongoing efforts to improve storm water drainage in Toledo will soon have a big impact on 243 property owners, as FEMA has approved changes to its federal flood map.
For the past eight years, Sandra McIntosh and her family have lived in their west Toledo home and paying for expensive flood insurance coverage.
"The water don't trouble us. It don't trouble us," McIntosh said. "We pay for it, so it's like a waste of money."
Next month, Sandra and many other homeowners living near Peterson Ditch will be taken off the federal flood map, after FEMA approved letters of map revision submitted by the city.
Toledo Engineering Services Administrator Scott Sibley says Peterson Ditch has received $3.9 million worth of improvements.
"Based on work we've done on our system and based on better information," Sibley said. "These flood maps are developed on data, in some cases 15, 20 years old."
Areas near Williams Ditch will also be removed from the flood map after $1 million worth of improvements have been made. Affected property owners will soon receive a letter from the city.
"Most of these homeowners are required to carry flood insurance by their mortgage companies. They no longer will be required once they've been removed from the floodplain, however, carrying that flood insurance would still be an option."
FEMA is also reviewing a request to remove another 450 homes from the flood map which are part of the Shantee Creek drainage area, in parts of north and west Toledo.