Knox County to see change in flood zones

Knox County to see change in flood zones

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Homeowners with mortgages that live in flood zones are required by the mortgage company to get flood insurance. Homeowners with mortgages that live in flood zones are required by the mortgage company to get flood insurance.
"Better information is always helpful," Knox County Stormwater Management Director Chris Granju said. "It's not always the most welcomed information, but you can't argue it's going to be more accurate and it gives us better tools to work with." "Better information is always helpful," Knox County Stormwater Management Director Chris Granju said. "It's not always the most welcomed information, but you can't argue it's going to be more accurate and it gives us better tools to work with."

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Changes in the flood zones in Knox County will take effect Aug. 5, but homeowners told 6 News they're concerned about the lack of notification.

The county said it does not directly notify homeowners if their homes fall under a flood zone in the changes.

"If they're going to rezone to a flood zone, the homeowners need to know in order to purchase the insurance," Knox County homeowner Mary Ann Johnson said.

Johnson lives near Plumb Creek, one of the areas near the flood plains.

The county does not have the new flood zone map yet – that's still in the hands of FEMA -  but the county said the changes will affect areas near Plumb Creek, Loves Creek, Conner Creek and North Fork Beaver Creek.

The county said the changes will not be drastic, but it will affect some homeowners.

FEMA last updated the map five years ago and the new changes include more specific details of the land.

"Better information is always helpful," Knox County Stormwater Management Director Chris Granju said. "It's not always the most welcomed information, but you can't argue it's going to be more accurate and it gives us better tools to work with."

Homeowners with mortgages that live in flood zones are required by the mortgage company to get flood insurance.

Neither the county nor FEMA directly notify them of the changes.

"It is not something that has ever been considered from FEMA, so there's no consideration in their requirements," Granju said.

Granju said the county will put up a notice on the county website.

"If we don't know, I mean how many times do you go on the county website? Very rarely," Johnson said.

Granju said anyone with questions about the flood zones can contact the stormwater management department at 865-215-5540.

You can also find more information on Knox County's stormwater website.

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