New flood plain means South Sioux homeowners may need flood ins.
SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (KTIV) -- Some businesses and homeowners in South Sioux City, Nebraska may need to look into getting flood insurance.
Officials say an eight-mile stretch of land near old Silver Lake and Crystal Creek has been added to the flood plain.
Since 2007, FEMA and the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District have been working to create an updated flood plain map for South Sioux City. Now officials are advising businesses and homes in the expanded areas to look into flood insurance.
"They really ought to take the time to talk to officials and make sure they know what their flood risk is, you know there are several areas of town that were never mapped before," says Amanda Grint of Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District.
Officials say businesses and homeowners within the flood plain have about a year to qualify for current insurance rates. They say development and updated hydrology are two reasons certain areas may become at risk for flooding.