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By Lauren Adams | WLKY

Hundreds of homeowners in Jefferson County could soon see some changes to their property values and insurance coverage. FEMA has released new maps showing which properties are in danger of flooding.

On Tuesday, representatives from FEMA and other agencies were on hand in Middletown to answer questions about changes to flood maps. The technology, which officials said is better than it was 10 years ago, allowed more sophisticated mapping, giving way to an addition of about 1,100 properties but removing around 1,400 from the existing floodplain, they said.

Carey Johnson, the assistant director of Kentucky Division of Water, said: “We invite everyone to come down and take a look at the flood risk maps just so you can see how the new maps have changed and to also know what your flood risk is so you can plan for it appropriately.”

Two additional meetings are planned for this week. From 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the public is invited to attend an open house at the Jefferson County Government Center on the Outer Loop. Then on Thursday, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., an open house will be held at the Southwest Government Center on Dixie Highway.

Those unable to make it to the meetings can find the status of their property by clicking here.

There will be an appeal process for those unhappy with the changes to the flood maps, officials said. That will begin in several weeks and last 90 days, allowing anyone to submit their opinions of possible changes to the maps.