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FEMA Sends Funds To Harris County For Better Flood Maps

The federal disaster agency FEMA is providing help to Harris County to develop more accurate flood maps. They’re maps you can use.

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Harris County Flood Control is among agencies in Texas getting a $200,000 share of $3 million in federal funds to update flood mapping. The online maps allow you to enter your address and see if you're living in a flood zone.

"By doing the mapping they can see that and can make a good decision on whether they might need flood insurance or not," said Terri Romine-Ortega, a public affairs official at FEMA's office in Denton.

With severe flooding having hit Texas over the Memorial Day holiday and again last weekend, she says it's a reminder to think twice when neighbors say "don't worry, we've never flooded before."

"So I think that kind of helped bring it to people's attention that that possibility exists," Romine-Ortega said.

Click here for FEMA's mapping project. Another version is a "storm surge" map by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency available here.

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