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Plymouth County gets reprieve from federal flood maps

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Thousands of coastal property owners facing hefty flood-insurance premiums have been given a temporary reprieve, with the news that flood maps proposed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency will not go into effect in Plymouth County for at least a year.

“Overnight, 2,000 people in Marshfield and Scituate alone will have the news that they don’t have to have flood insurance,” said state Representative Jim Cantwell.

The maps would have added thousands of homes to flood zones, requiring them to obtain flood insurance, and drastically increased premiums for homes that already had flood insurance.

The delay will put many of the changes on hold until communities can appeal the maps, a process that is likely to take a year.

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