Appeals are likely on flood map changes

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A caffeine-fueled intensity may pervade local town halls this week as officials prepare to defend their communities against skyrocketing flood insurance bills.

Several communities on the South Shore, including Duxbury, Marshfield, and Scituate, are working feverishly toward a deadline to appeal new federal flood maps. The pressure is less intense in inland communities, where officials in Halifax and Norton, for example, say flood maps have changed very little.

In coastal towns, the maps have raised the predicted level of a 100-year flood, placing thousands of new homeowners in a flood zone and forcing those who hold a mortgage to buy flood insurance. Homeowners who already buy flood insurance may pay more than in the past.

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