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6 Investigates looks at new flood insurance requirement for downtown business owners

 

Flood insurance soon will be a requirement and any new development downtown will have to build up to meet new flood standards.

While that decision is not final, 6 Investigates takes a look at what lies ahead if things continue, as planned.

Over the past several years, the City of Corpus Christi has spent millions in tax dollars to maintain the downtown seawall and levee system.

But it won’t be enough to prevent catastrophic flooding if a storm like Hurricane Harvey were to make landfall in the downtown area.

That’s according to draft flood maps released by FEMA.

City Engineer Jeff Edmonds says there will be a change to downtown development going forward.

“I think the city is resolved to the fact that we are going to see a flood elevation down there,” Edmonds said. “We are hoping that we can come up with something that is mutually agreeable with FEMA.”

So just how high will that flood elevation be?

And how will that affect current downtown property owners and new development?

KRIS 6 News will have more on that this evening.

And we’ll also tell you what downtown business owners need to know now to save money later.

 

Jessica Savage

Jessica Savage

Award-winning investigative reporter who has worked in East Texas and South Texas.
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