KENTLAND, Ind. (WLFI) - There's a chance Kentland residents may have to dig deeper in their wallets in the future.
The president of Kentland's Town Council, James Sammons, has lived in Kentland his entire life and said flooding has never been an issue.
"I'm 46 years old and I've spent every day of my life pretty much in this town," Sammons said. "I've only seen the water up to the top cresting once in those 46 years."
But despite that, Sammons said FEMA has proposed new flood plain maps, in which he said put much of the north end of Kentland in a flood plain.
"Especially where the industrial park area is north of town," Sammons said. "We've got some land out there for future development. Obviously if something like this is implemented, it's not going to be a big drawing point for new business to come to Kentland."
Town council member Dave Smart said not only would this affect new businesses coming to town in the future, but he said it would affect residents who live there now.
"If they pass this, they're going to mandate that everybody who has a mortgage get flood insurance," Smart explained.
"It's just an extra expense and extra cost for the normal person," Sammons said.
Town leaders have until May 28 to make an appeal. They said until then, they'll continue to work with engineers to figure out another solution.
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