Floodplain maps change, flood insurance attitudes remain mixed
CALLOWAY COUNTY, Ky. - No one thinks it can happen to them until it does. That was certainly evident in May when torrential rains swelled the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers, damaging and destroying hundreds of homes.
Soon after, we learned many of those people had no flood insurance, not because they didn't want it but because they couldn't buy it. That's about to change, for better and for worse.
The federal government has worked to update floodplain maps for quite some time and in Calloway County, Kentucky, they just came in. Homeowners have mixed emotions. Some were glad to get the chance to buy more protection for their home. Others, not so much.
Ironically, many homeowners couldn't buy flood insurance even if they wanted it because the counties hadn't finalized the flood maps. One by one, those maps are getting done and Calloway County is one of the first. The results have shocked some of its residents.