Bill that would let some homes stay in the floodway passes Senate
A bill that could jeopardize flood insurance for Wayne County residents — and potentially other insured Hoosiers — passed the state Senate on Tuesday.
SB 342 would prohibit the state from making Wayne County residents move or put their home on stilts if it's in the floodway.
The county granted permits for two Amish brothers to build their homes in an area that later was found to be in a floodway on the state’s floodplain maps.
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The Indiana Department of Natural Resources said, if the bill becomes law, it’s possible Indiana would not meet federal flood protection standards. That means FEMA could choose not to provide flood insurance to Wayne County residents — or maybe policy holders statewide.
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